Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair

Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair

Inguinal hernia repair is among the most frequently performed surgeries. Inguinal hernias are located at the inguinal canal at the groin. Their occurrence is usually a result of a congenital or acquired weakness of the floor of the inguinal canal. The main symptom is the presence of a “lump” at either groin which can be continuous or intermittent particularly with cough or constipation. Inguinal hernia repair can be performed open or laparoscopically with comparable results. Laparoscopic repair is performed with 3-4 small incisions and open repair with a single 4-6 cm incision at the affected groin. Inguinal hernia repair does not usually require hospitalization unless the patient has serious co-morbid conditions. Postoperative pain is of moderate or severe degree and may last 1-2 weeks. A period of 4-6 weeks is usually required for full recovery during which weight lifting > 5 kg should be avoided in order to reduce the risk of hernia recurrence. Complications include chronic pain or numbness and hernia recurrence. For more information please contact our office.