Laparoscopic Hernia Repair

If you suffer from a hernia, you may need laparoscopic hernia repair.

Like all laparoscopic surgery which is minimally invasive, this operation is usually carried out with 3 small incisions using a scope and 2 other instruments. The advantages of this type of hernia repair is that results in smaller incisions compared with conventional hernia repair.

As your surgeon, my first task is to free up the space around your hernia. Once this is done, I'll use the instruments to insert a piece of special mesh (made from a strong plastic called polypropylene).

Polypropylene Mesh for hernia repair
Polypropylene Mesh for hernia repair

 

Depending on the type of hernia, the mesh is then secured with tacks or a combination of tacks and sutures.

Tacks for Hernia Repair (magnified)
Tacks for Hernia Repair (magnified)

 

As a patient, you'll stay overnight at the hospital. You should be fine to go home the next day. As a precaution, I always give my patients antibiotics during and after the operation to reduce the risk of infection.

If you undergo hernia repair, you should avoid heavy lifting, straining or exertion for 4 weeks. This is to make sure good scar tissue has formed to stick the mesh firmly to the abdominal wall muscles.