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Laparoscopic Hernia Repair

Laparoscopic hernia repair is a safe procedure in which operation is performed through tiny incisions in the abdomen as compared to one big cut in open surgery. The tiny incisions allow the surgeon to insert required surgical instruments that are guided by a tiny telescope attached to a camera, called a laparoscope. Surgeon and his team can now view a magnified image of the internal abdomen on monitor and perform the surgery much better as compared to traditional open surgery.
Indications for Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
Bilateral hernias that occur on both the right and left sides
Recurred hernias after prior repair
Procedure:
Under general anaesthesia, a laparoscope is inserted through small incisions at the umbilicus (belly button). The laparoscope allows the surgeon to have an ???inside view??? of the patient???s body onto television screens in the operating room. The main procedure starts with inflating of the abdomen with a harmless gas (carbon dioxide) so that surgeon can view the internal structures. This is followed by incision of the peritoneum to expose the weakness in the abdominal wall and attaching of a mesh patch on this weak area to secure it. The peritoneum is now stapled or suture closed. Now the small abdominal incisions are closed with a stitch or with surgical tape.
Advantages of Laparoscopic Hernia Repair:
Painless procedure
Little or no scars as compared to one large abdominal incision
Generally no hospitalization is required
Less post-operative pain & discomfort
Affordable procedure
Faster return to work
Lower recurrence rate
Shorter recovery time
What to expect after surgery?
Patient should religiously follow the surgeon???s instructions after surgery
Some patients may feel better in just a few days
Some may take a week or two to recover from the procedure