Laparoscopic Surgery for Hernia

November 12, 2012

Laparoscopic Surgery for Hernia

Natural weakness or excessive strain on the abdominal wall can cause its inner layers to bulge or tear and cause hernia. Laparoscopic hernia repair can help relieve the symptoms without invasive procedures and deep incisions.


Hernia refers to a bulge or tear in the inside layers of the abdominal wall, especially near the groin. The inner layers form a balloon-like sac that pushed through the weakened area and cause serious symptoms such as:

  • Protrusion near in the groin or abdomen.

  • Dull ache or pain, especially while lifting moderately heavy weights.

  • Digestive symptoms such as a feeling of fullness, nausea and constipation.

Hernias can affect men and women of all ages. Lifting heavy weights, significant weight gain, prolonged coughing, chronic constipation, or urinary tract diseases may increase your risk of developing hernias. Apart from groin, hernias may also affect the naval area, the region below the groin, and at the site of a previous incision, surgery or injury.

Laparoscopic Surgery for Hernia

Laparoscopic hernia repair involves insertion of a thin, telescopic device into the body through a small incision near the belly button. This endoscopic procedure can be performed under general anesthesia after thorough physical examination and laboratory evaluation. The device is connected to a dime-sized video camera, which helps project the “inside view” of the patientÂ’s abdominal lining. Harmless carbon dioxide gas is pumped into the abdomen to provide a clear view of the abdomen to your doctor. The inner lining of the abdomen is cut to expose at the point of weakness and a mesh patch is attached at the site. The cut in the abdominal lining is closed to conclude the process of Laparoscopic hernia repair.

Advantages of Laparoscopy

There are many advantages of Laparoscopic hernia repair. The procedure can be completed with three, small cuts, instead of a large incision. It does not require prolonged hospital stay and is almost pain-free. Most insurance policies will cover this procedure, and even if you do not have insurance, the hospital costs for Laparoscopic hernia repair are much lower than surgery.

The procedure is completely safe and most patients can recover with a few days. However, you should avoid lifting heavy weights for two to three weeks. You should also choose an expert in the field to perform the procedure. When done correctly, Laparoscopic hernia repair is as safe as any other invasive or non-invasive procedure used to treat hernias.


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