Laparoscopic Hernia Repair

The laparoscopic surgery is the modern method of hernia repair. This method can be for the treatment of all types of hernias. With numerous repairs performed successfully to date, we have a large experience of laparoscopic hernia repair and our patients remained very satisfied with exceptional outcomes.

What is hernia?

A hernia is a weakness or defect in the abdominal wall muscle that allows the abdominal content to bulge through the defect. A hernia may be present at birth (congenital), or develop over a period of time from lifting weights and/or straining. If the defect is large enough, abdominal contents such as the bowels may protrude through the defect causing discomfort.

Types of hernia

Hernias develop at certain sites which have a natural tendency to be weak; the groin, umbilicus (belly button), and previous surgical incisions.

Inguinal (Groin) Hernia

Umbilical (BellyButton) Hernia

Incisional (after operation) Hernia

Hiatal (Diaphragmatic/esophageal) Hernia

Groin or Inguinal hernia is the most common type of hernia in male patients. The Para-Umbilical hernia is more common in females.

What are the symptoms of a hernia?

If you have a hernia:
  1. You can usually see or feel a bulge or swelling. It may get bigger when you cough, bend, lift or strain.
  2. Not everyone with a hernia has painful symptoms, your groin may feel uncomfortable and tender, especially when you bend or lift.

What is the treatment for hernia:?

Hernia Operation:

There are two main ways to do this operation

  1. Open surgery or conventional old method in which the surgeon makes a large cut to repair hernia.
  2. Laparoscopic (Keyhole) surgery, where the surgeon makes few tiny cuts over the abdomen and uses a camera to see inside instead of opening it up.

What's new in Hernia Management?

Laparoscopic Hernia Repair or Keyhole Hernia Surgery

The modern and newer method for the hernia repair involves minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques. Modern repairs involve placing a piece of nylon mesh over the weak area. This allows the scar tissue to grow into the mesh. It is more or less the same principle as is placing the reinforcing steel into concrete. In laparoscopic surgery this can be done using small incisions. Laparoscopic techniques of hernia repair are especially attractive when patients are dealing with recurrent hernias or bilateral inguinal hernias.

What are the advantages of laparoscopic (keyhole) hernia repair over a conventional open operation?

  • Less post-operative pain
  • Smaller incisions hence less chance and faster recovery
  • Early discharge from hospital - either same day or the next day after surgery
  • Very early return to work. Often within 3 days.
  • No further incisions required for patients with hernias in both groins (bilateral hernia)
  • Ideal method for patients with recurrent hernias after previous surgery

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