A hernia is a bulge formed when internal organs or tissues push through a weakened area of the abdominal wall. Hernias can cause pain and discomfort. They can also interfere with physical activities. Surgical treatment is often recommended to improve quality of life. Surgical treatment is also necessary to avoid the rare risk of strangulation of bowel. Hernias can be treated with open surgery or laparoscopic surgery.
Laparoscopic surgery or minimal invasive surgery is an approach in which your surgeon uses 3 small incisions to insert a laparoscope (a narrow lighted tube with a camera attached) for viewing of the operating site, and special instruments to perform the procedure. The protruding hernia is reduced back into the abdomen and the weakened abdominal wall is patched with a light mesh to strengthen it and prevent recurrence.
The laparoscopic approach has several benefits over open surgery. These include:
- Faster recovery
After the surgery, you are able to resume your daily activities within a day and return to work within a few days. Most individuals return to full exercise and physical activities within a week.
- Smaller incisions
In view of the small incisions made to perform the surgery, you will have smaller scars and better cosmetic appearance.
- Reduced complications
In expert hands, there is reduced risk of nerve entrapment with laparoscopic hernia repair. Since in this approach there are no sutures used to secure to mesh, accidental entrapment of nerves are avoided.
Minimally invasive laparoscopic hernia repair is a safe procedure with improved patient outcomes. Dr. Zare has been performing laparoscopic hernia surgery since 2002 and has completed over 2000 such procedures to date. We look forward to helping you and will discuss the options with you based on your situation.