What is laparoscopic hernia repair?

Our surgeon does both open hernia repair and laparoscopic hernia repair.

In open hernia repair, the surgeon makes an incision into your groin and pushes the protruding abdominal tissue back into your abdomen. This repairs the abdominal wall defect. In laparoscopic hernia, the surgeon uses a few short incisions instead of a single long incision.

Why laparoscopic hernia repair?

In this minimally invasive procedure, patients might experience less discomfort and scarring after surgery and can engage in normal activities more quickly. Laparoscopic hernia repair may be preferable if you want a shorter recovery time. It has proven to be highly effective with more than 90 per cent of hernias not coming back after a laparoscopic surgery.

What to expect?

Before the procedure

  • Fasting is required 8 hours prior to your procedure.
  • You will be asked to empty your bladder immediately before the operation.
  • Stop medications a week prior to the procedure.
  • Refrain from smoking and alcohol.

On the day of the procedure

  • The procedure involves placing a mesh over the abdominal defect to reinforce the abdominal wall.
  • There will be 3 to 5 small cuts to complete the laparoscopic or keyhole procedure.
  • Your surgeon will advise you on the specific details.

After the procedure

  • You will be discharged the next day.
  • Most patients are able to return to normal activities after 3 to 7 days.
  • The typical recovery after a laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair may involve mild to moderate incisional pain and mild groin discomfort. This may last from 2 to 14 days, but is almost always gone within 3 weeks after surgery.
  • Follow up with your surgeon within 2 weeks post-surgery.
  • While the recovery from a laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair is very fast, do allow yourself up to 3 weeks to feel completely normal again.