Open Inguinal Hernia Repair

This is often referred to as the "traditional method." For this repair, an incision is made over the site of the hernia. A surgical mesh, or patch, is usually placed over the site of the hernia to strengthen the weakened area. The mesh is positioned under the skin, within the muscle, and becomes scarred into your tissues. This provides long-term strength to the area to help prevent the hernia from recurring.

At Mount Sinai, an open inguinal hernia repair is usually performed with sedation, to make you relaxed and sleepy, and local anesthesia, to numb the area of the surgery. Patients are usually allowed to leave 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 upon discharge from the hospital. Patients may need to ice the site of the area for approximately four days after surgery to help relive the swelling and bruising.

Patients usually take about three days off from work after an open inguinal hernia repair.


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Division of General Surgery
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New York, NY 10029