WHAT THE HECK IS A HERNIA?
Protrusion of contents of the abdomen through an opening in the belly wall is called an abdominal hernia. Repair of the hernia is necessary if it is causing pain, or if the contents is likely to get stuck or twisted and not return to its normal position. Twisted or strangulated hernia is a surgical emergency. Laparoscopic repair is a particularly good option when the hernia is recurrent, or if it is present on both sides (bilateral).
The procedure, which entails placement of synthetic mesh, is performed under general anesthesia, but in an ambulatory setting so there is usually no overnight stay. Discomfort after the surgery is modest and return to work is commonly possible after 2-3 days. Long-term comparisons have shown the repair is as durable as regular surgery.
ALL BASES COVERED
People who have undergone both conventional and laparoscopic repair of hernias in the past rarely want regular surgery again. However in some instances a laparoscopic surgical approach is not the best option and we we recommend hernia repair through a regular incision instead.