Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
An inguinal hernia is an anatomic defect that both men and women can develop in their groin area. Inguinal hernias can be repaired by either an “open” method which requires an incision in the groin, or laparoscopically, which is performed through three small incisions below the umbilicus or “belly button.”
Most studies have shown advantages in favor of laparoscopic surgery in patients who have bi-lateral (both sides), or recurrent (previously repaired) inguinal hernias. Bi-lateral inguinal hernia repair will result in less post operative pain and quicker return to normal activity compared to open surgery. Laparoscopic surgery for recurrent hernias allows the surgeon to work in an area that has not been previously operated on or scarred. Some studies have shown decreased re-recurrence rates using this method.
Patients undergoing laparoscopic inguinal hernia surgery will report to the Same Day Surgery Department on the day of the procedure. It will be performed under general anesthesia (completely asleep) and usually takes about an hour. Post-operatively, they go back to the outpatient recovery area, and then discharged home later the same day with a prescription for oral pain medication.
The patient will follow up with their surgeon one to two weeks after the surgery. Return to regular actively will be up to the discretion of the surgeon, but most patients are instructed to avoid heavy lifting for a few weeks.