Consumer Health Blog

Have You Considered Laparoscopic Surgery For Hernia Repair?

Monday, June 30th, 2014

If you have a hernia that needs repair, you have two options: traditional,open surgery or laparoscopic surgery. Since every situation is different, it is important to discuss with your physician the advantages and disadvantages of each in your particular case.

What is a laparoscopic hernia repair?
In a laparoscopic hernia repair, your surgeon makes a small incision in or near your navel and then inserts a thin, lighted laparoscope connected to a tiny video camera that visualizes your internal structures on a television screen in the operating room. After making two, tiny additional incisions in your lower abdomen, your physician inserts the miniature tools used in plugging your hernia. He/she sews a mesh patch across the hernia from the interior wall of your abdomen to prevent future bulging (herniation). Prior to your surgery, you will receive general anesthesia so that you will feel no pain during the operation.
In what situations is laparoscopic surgery particularly useful? Laparoscopic hernia surgery is often the procedure of choice for patients who have had recurrent hernias. It also works well for bilateral hernias because the camera allows for visualization of both sides of your abdomen so that both surgeries may be performed at the same time. What are the advantages of laparoscopic surgery over open surgery?

  • May be done as an outpatient procedure
  • Leaves three tiny scars rather than one large one
  • Minimizes post-operative pain
  • Shortens recovery time
  • Expedites return to work
  • Reduces patient costs

What can I expect after surgery? Many people feel better in just a few days. Your recovery time can be a week or two after which time you can return to light activity. Hold off on strenuous activity for four weeks. Follow the advice of your physician.

Surgeons at Abington Surgical Center perform both laparoscopic and traditional hernia repairs. Please contact your physician to learn more and to discuss which procedure would be most appropriate and beneficial for you. Need a referral to a surgeon? Please call our Referral Coordinator: 267-960-1440. Information provided is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor.