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Laparoscopic Incisional Hernia Repair

This page will provide you with information about laparoscopic incisional hernia repair. For further details, you should speak to your consultant.

What is Laparoscopic incisional hernia repair?

Weak spots can begin to appear in the layer of muscle that makes up your abdominal wall. This can lead to the contents of your abdomen pushing through and producing a lump, otherwise known as a hernia (see figure 1).

Figure 1
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An inguinal hernia develops at the inguinal canal – a thin passage whereby blood vessels pass through the abdominal wall. A hernia can pose numerous risks because the structures within your abdomen (including your intestines) can become trapped, meaning their blood supply could be cut off. This is also known as a strangulated hernia.

Why should I have surgery?

After surgery, you should find that the hernia is completely gone. This means the serious complications that can arise as the result of a hernia are no longer a concern.

What are my other options?

Some people find that a truss (a padded support belt) can help control the hernia, while some decide to simply leave it as it is. Without surgery, however, your hernia will not improve or go away.

What happens during the operation?

The operation will usually last around half an hour, or under 60 minutes when both sides need to be repaired. The surgery will be carried out while you are under general anaesthetic. The surgeon will make some small cuts to your abdomen and then insert specialist surgical instruments in order to perform the operation. A telescope will also be inserted at this stage. The surgeon will then return the area of the abdomen that is responsible for the hernia, before inserting a synthetic mesh, designed to cover the weak spot.

How long will it take to recover, post operation?

Typically, you should be allowed to return home on the same day as your operation, or the next day. After a week you will usually be able to resume normal activities, so long as you feel comfortable doing so. Although you do not need to completely avoid lifting, be aware that you may find it difficult or painful to lift heavy weights during the first 2-4 weeks after surgery. Regular exercise can aid the recover process, so long as any exercise regime is discussed with your GP beforehand. Please be aware that the hernia can come back.

Summary

A common condition, an inguinal hernia occurs when there is a weakness in your abdominal wall, close to the inguinal canal. If you do not treat it, you may experience some serious complications in the future.

 

References: EIDO Healthcare Limited - The operation and treatment information on this website is produced using information from EIDO Healthcare Ltd and is licensed by Aspen Healthcare.

The information should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.

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