Hernia Surgery

Hernia is a very common occurrence all over the world and usually herniated intestinal loops have to be repaired through surgery. In USA on an average 600000 hernia repair surgeries are conducted every year.

Surgery may be both in the age old traditional open process and in the laparoscopic method which is relatively new and involves minimally invasive surgery.

Laparoscopic hernia surgery

Surgeons and patients both prefer laparoscopic surgery because it involves less post-operative pain, a quick recovery, a minimum amount of hospital stay and the patient can return to normal life very soon.

In laparoscopic hernia surgery, surgeons will create a small incision to repair the rupture in the abdominal muscle and use props like special cameras and a mesh or patch.

 First the area will be put under general anesthesia but at times, spinal anesthesia is also opted for. In case of rare special circumstances, the patient is put under local anesthesia.

Traditional open surgery

This has been the tried and tested formula for the past 100 years. The incision is pretty large. Naturally the patient experiences a lot of pain in the post operative period and the recovery period is longer. An open hernia surgery can be performed in five to ten different ways. But the common routine for all involves intravenous and local sedation.

Surgery for inguinal hernia

Laparoscopic Hernioplasty – on the abdominal wall a small incision is at first made. Through that incision the surgeons insert a laparoscope. The whole thing is attached with a special video camera on which the team of surgeons watches the proceedings in the interiors of the stomach while Hernioplasty is performed.

Hernioplasty – the inguinal area in its totality including holes/ruptures/weak points is reinforced and covered with a synthetic mesh.

Herniorrhaphy – the swelling is pushed back and sown up in the abdominal cavity.