Laparoscopic hernia repair is a minimally invasive technique used to repair a bulge or swelling that results from an inner body part poking through a weak area of muscle or tissue wall, called a hernia.
What is a Hernia Laparoscopic?
A hernia happens when an organ pushes through a weakness in your muscle or tissue wall that hold it in place and this causes a bulge or swelling. For example, your intestines may break through a weak area in your abdominal wall.
You should get medical advice if you have a hernia as it will grow and become more painful if left.
Hernia surgery to return your hernia organs to their correct place and strengthen your weak muscle area can be performed by laparoscopic surgery or open surgery.
Laparoscopic surgery is usually recommended for recurrent hernias as it allows your surgeon to avoid previous scar tissue and, bilateral (hernias on both sides at the same time) hernias as both hernias can be repaired in the same operation using the same incisions. Your surgeon will advise you on the best option for your individual needs.
Laparoscopic hernia repair is keyhole surgery that uses a laparoscope, a thin, telescope-like instrument and is less invasive than traditional open surgery. The advantages of hernia laparoscope include:
• no large cut so you will have several tiny scars rather than one large on
• less muscle damage
• a shorter hospital stay and recovery period
• reduced pain following surgery
• a faster return to work and daily activities
• lower hospital costs
What does a Hernia Laparoscopic surgery involve?
Hernia laparoscopic surgery, often known as laparoscopic hernia repair, is typically a day case minimally invasive procedure that takes around 30 to 45 minutes and is performed under general anaesthetic.
The laparoscope is inserted through small incisions at the hernia site. It has a tiny video camera attached that projects an "inside view" of your body onto a monitor in the operating room.
The cavity is inflated with the harmless gas, carbon dioxide, to create space for your surgeon to view your internal structures. The hernia hole is located and mesh is placed on the inside to cover the defects in the abdominal wall and strengthen the tissue.
After the procedure, the small incisions are closed using stitches or surgical glue.
There are different types of hernia. The majority of hernias are found in your abdomen. Inguinal hernias are the most common type of hernia. They cause a bulge in your groin in your inguinal canal.
Laparoscopic inguinal repair involves making three small incisions through your abdominal wall. The laparoscope is passed into your abdomen through one and special surgical instruments are inserted through the other incisions. Your surgeon will use this intricate equipment to put the hernia back into place.
What complication can happen after a Hernia Laparoscopic surgery?
Hernia laparoscopic surgery is as safe as open surgery, in carefully selected cases, when performed by specialists in this field.
The decision on whether to have laparoscopic hernia surgery or open surgery will be based on your general health, your surgeon’s experience of this keyhole surgery and, also if you have a recurrent or bilateral hernia.
Complications of hernia laparoscopic surgery include the accidental bowel, bladder, and vascular damage during the procedure.
Your surgeon will discuss your options in details with you and discuss the possible complications that may occur.
Hernia Laparoscopic Surgery recovery
You will usually go home the same day as your laparoscopic surgery. You will need someone to drive you home.
You can return to normal activities as soon as you feel able to and when the activity does not hurt.
You may feel easily fatigued and washed out for a week or two after surgery, so you might need to take it easy.
Everyone returns to work at different times. Many patients will take a week or two off before returning to work.
Your surgeon will give you post-operative advice for you to follow.
Your incisions will be barely visible within a few months.
Hernia Laparoscopic with Tees Valley Hospital
Here at Tees Valley Hospital we have surgeons who are proficient and skilled at laparoscopic hernia surgery and who perform a high level of hernia surgeries.
Our patients benefit from the latest facilities including a dedicated endoscopy suite and patient pods in our clean, modern and, welcoming environment. We offer a competitive guide package price that includes outpatient care.