Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
At Mount Sinai, laparoscopic surgery is performed with a laparoscope, a tiny telescope attached to a video camera. Small incisions (about ½ - 1 inch long) are made for the laparoscope and several instruments. A mesh, or patch, is inserted though one of these incisions to be placed over the hernia in the groin. The mesh is secured in place using very small tacks. For patients who have two inguinal hernias (bilateral), our surgeons can be repair both at the same time using this method.
For laparoscopic inguinal hernia repairs, patients receive general anesthesia and are completely asleep for the surgery. They are woken up immediately after the surgery is finished. Usually, patients are able to leave the hospital on the same day of the surgery.
As in any operation, complications such as bleeding, infection, injury to the intestines, blood clots, or heart or lung problems may occur. Before your surgery, your surgeon will recommend testing to determine if it is safe for you to have surgery. A recurrence of the hernia is a late, but rare, complication.
Following Your Surgery
Pain, discomfort and swelling in the groin after surgery are expected. Pain is controlled by pain medications prescribed to you on discharge from the hospital. Patients may need to ice the area for approximately four days after surgery to help relive the swelling and bruising.
Patients usually take about five days off from work after a laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair.
The Aufses Division of General Surgery
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