General information

Hernia surgeries are performed at the Maria Middelares General Hospital. Upon arriving at the hospital, you must register at the reception desk or directly go to the outpatients clinic where you will be registered and prepared for the procedure. You will receive a welcome leaflet before your admission and stay. The leaflet will provide you with specific information such as what you need to bring to the hospital, where you need to check in, etc.

Make sure to read the ‘Finding out more about anaesthesia’ leaflet too. This leaflet provides you with information about the anaesthesia you will receive. The booklet also contains important documents that you should fill out beforehand and bring with you to your admission. Do you still have questions after reading the leaflet? Do not hesitate to contact our staff. They will be happy to assist you.

You can download both leaflets here:

Time of admission, fasting or non-fasting?

When scheduling the surgery date, it is not always possible to choose the time of admission. Usually the standard admission time of 8am is given. On the day before admission, the hospitals' Admissions Department will inform you of the exact time of admission and when you should start fasting. Please be ready for a telephone call that afternoon.

What should you bring to the hospital?

For admission, please bring the necessary administrative and medical documents as well as any personal items.

Administrative documents

  • Identification card
  • Address and telephone number of a person we can contact during your stay.
  • Supplemental hospitalisation insurance forms, if this needs to be completed by our department.
  • Insurance forms, in case of an accident at work (policy)
  • European Health Insurance Card (only necessary for non-Belgians from the EEC or Switzerland)
  • OCMW patients: registration card

Medical documents

  • Documents that your attending physician gave to you prior to your admission
  • X-rays
  • Blood type card (if you have one)
  • List of medications that you use, along with the schedule and dose
  • Reimbursement certificates for medications that you take at home and that you will continue after admission
  • Special prescription forms (e.g. OMNIO)
  • Referrals for possible allergies or recommended diet

Personal items

  • Toiletries: towels, flannels, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, shaving items, etc.)
  • Pyjamas, robe, slippers and personal clothing

Please do not bring valuables such as credit cards, large quantities of money and valuable jewellery to the hospital. In the event of theft or loss, the hospital or the Maria Middelares Hernia Centre in Ghent cannot be held responsible.

Can I choose my room type?

You have the following options for a one-person room or a two-person room.

The choice of room does not affect the quality of care. The hospital asks for your understanding if we, due to a lack of space, cannot immediately give you the room you requested.

The Hernia Centre of the Maria Middelares General Hospital in Ghent follows the official rate schedule as set by the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (INAMI/RIZIV). The invoice will be sent to you by post after approximately three months. For this reason, you do not need to bring any money to the hospital. In addition to the surgeon's and anaesthetist's fee, there will be charges for the general costs for the hospital admission and the use of materials such as mesh.

As is the case in all hospitals, there will be a supplement of 150% of the fees invoiced if a one-person room is selected. If you choose a two-person room, we do not charge this supplemental surcharge.

When may I leave the hospital?

The right discharge time is determined together with the attending physician. Please let the nurses know when you are discharged. You will be given a hospitalisation report for your GP and a date for a follow-up visit with the surgeon. If self-dissolving (reabsorbable) sutures were used during the surgery, these will not need to be removed. Otherwise the GP should remove the sutures approximately ten days afterwards. You will need to book an appointment for the suture removal.

Some other tips:

• Save for your files all medical documents that you were given at the time of discharge
• Inform your GP as soon as possible about your progress after admission
• Follow precisely the recommendation given to you by the attending physician
• Do not hesitate to request more explanation if something has not been clear