A hernia is a defect in the abdominal wall through which internal organs bulge or push through. Hernias are common causes for pain, discomfort, and decreased quality of life. They can interfere with ability to perform physical activities. Since hernias do not improve spontaneously, surgery is the mainstay of treatment. Surgical is also recommended to avoid strangulation of bowel.
There are two main approaches to repair of hernias: laparoscopic and open surgery.
In laparoscopic or minimal invasive approach, a laparoscope, which is a narrow telescope attached to a camera) and other instruments are inserted via small incisions under the muscle to repair the hernia. The actual repair is performed with a light mesh to provide strength and reduce chance of recurrence.
Outcomes of laparoscopic surgery are superior to open surgery in the following areas:
- Significantly shorter recovery
Following laparoscopic surgery, patient can resume all daily activities within 24-48 hours and may return to strenuous activities after 7-10 days.
- Reduced pain
Since the incisions used in laparoscopic surgery are very small, pain is minimal, and most patients do not require strong medications after surgery.
- Better cosmetic results
Since there is no large incision in laparoscopic surgery, once everything is healed, patient will have much better cosmetic results.
- Reduced complications
In experienced hands, complications such as infection, bleeding or chronic nerve pain are exceeding rare.
Dr. Zare has been performing laparoscopic hernia repair since 2002, having completed nearly 4000 such procedures to date. For additional information, please call our office and request a consultation.