Laparoscopic Hernia Repair Surgery

When you have been diagnosed with a hernia the doctor might suggest two common forms of treatments. The first is to use the hernia belt to push the bulge back inside and out of the way. The second is to have the doctor perform a laparoscopic hernia repair surgery. This is a fairly new procedure that uses special ‘mesh’ to repair the tear in the abdominal wall.

This is a minimally invasive surgery that is done under general or spinal anesthesia. Many people will choose the form of treatment because it does not take as long, there is less pain to deal with, and the recovery process is fairly quick when compared to the more invasive procedure.

During Surgery

During the operation the surgeon will attach a telescope to a camera and place it through a small incision that has been made under the belly button. He will make two small cuts in the lower abdomen. These incisions will allow the surgeon to insert the ‘mesh’. This is a synthetic material that is often used to make stitches. The mesh will be secured into places using staples, stitches, tissue glue, or titanium racks.

By using the mesh to repair the abdominal wall they are preventing the large defects to break through into an area where they do not belong. This is best when you are trying to prevent a strangulated hernia from occurring.

The patient will need to stay in the hospital for about three days following the surgery. During this time they will be given medicine to dull the pain and will be under observation to make sure that there is no infection. During the recovery period they will be encouraged to take it easy and to not perform anything strenuous.

Risks

Any surgery that is performed will come with its own set of risks. The more complicated risks involved in this hernia repair is bleeding and infection. However, these are not as common.

There is a chance that the urinary bladder, intestines, blood vessels, or nerves could be injured during the operation.

You might have trouble urinating when the surgery is finished. This is normal and you might need to use a temporary tube that is placed inside of the bladder.