All hernia repairs are performed surgically, and there are several techniques to complete the repair. If you are having an inguinal hernia repaired, let’s discover step by step how a laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair works.
Why Choose A Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
There are numerous reasons to choose a laparoscopic repair vs. an open repair for your inguinal hernia. You will have a shorter recovery time with less complications compared to an open treatment. There will be less pain, and you can return to work and normal activities in a shorter period of time. In addition, it is more cosmetically appealing due to tiny incisions/scars instead of a large one. Lastly, you can return home the same day.
This repair is performed under general anesthesia and takes approximately 30 minutes.
One tiny incision is made near the navel to insert an instrument into the abdomen to inflate it with carbon dioxide. This allows Michigan Hernia Surgery to see more clearly during the repair.
Two more tiny incisions are made in the abdomen to insert tubes, or ports, into the abdomen. Surgical instruments will go through the ports, one called a laparoscope with a lighted camera at the end. The camera will show the inside of the abdomen and the hernia to be repaired on a monitor to help guide the surgeon’s movements. The other port is used for instruments to complete the repair.
Mesh is then placed over the defect to secure and reinforce the opening made by the hernia.
The surgeon must be especially careful to avoid any nerves near the hernia, blood vessels that could bleed, or the vas deferens that carries sperm from the testicles.
The small incisions are closed with sutures that will dissolve.
Prognosis After Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair is safe and effective.
- Expect some soreness for the first few days.
- Take any pain medications as instructed by Michigan Hernia Surgery.
- Return to light activities after returning home, but avoid anything strenuous for several weeks.
- Avoid activities that put pressure on the groin area or abdomen. Move slowly to go from a lying position to a seated one.
- Drink plenty of fluids and eat lots of fiber to prevent constipation.
In some cases, the hernia can return.
Contact Michigan Hernia Surgery at 248.551.9090 if you suspect you have an inguinal hernia or would like to discuss treatment options.