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Procedures | Hernia
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Inguinal Hernia Repair

What is an Inguinal Hernia and how is it treated?

An Inguinal Hernia Repair is a surgical procedure used to treat inguinal hernias, which occur when tissue, such as a part of the bowel or fatty tissue, protrudes through a weak area in the abdominal muscles near the groin. This procedure is carried out in two primary ways: open repair and laparoscopic repair. In open repair, a small incision is made near the hernia site, and the protruding tissue is pushed back into place before reinforcing the abdominal wall with a synthetic mesh. In laparoscopic repair, three small incisions are made in the abdomen, and the hernia is repositioned inside the abdomen, with the mesh secured behind the abdominal muscles. Both methods are typically performed under anesthesia and have similar recovery periods.

What are the advantages of Inguinal Hernia Repair?

Choosing between open and laparoscopic approaches for Inguinal Hernia Repair involves weighing distinct advantages. Open repair, a well-established method, is effective and widely available, requiring minimal specialised equipment. Surgeons benefit from direct tactile feedback and a single incision, potentially leading to fewer and smaller scars. On the other hand, laparoscopic repair is minimally invasive, offering smaller incisions, reduced pain, and a quicker return to normal activities. It also carries a lower risk of post-operative infections and results in cosmetically appealing, smaller scars. The decision hinges on factors like patient health, hernia specifics, and surgeon expertise, emphasising the importance of discussing these considerations with a healthcare provider to determine the most suitable option.

What are the possible risks?

Both open and laparoscopic approaches for Inguinal Hernia Repair share common risks, including minimal bleeding during or after surgery and the potential for infections, typically responsive to antibiotics. Specific risks for open repair involve more immediate post-operative pain, a rare possibility of chronic discomfort, a small risk of nerve injury, and uncommon hernia recurrence. In laparoscopic repair, the use of general anesthesia poses a small risk, and there's a very low chance of injury to nearby organs, blood vessels, or nerves. Recurrence after laparoscopic repair is also rare. Understanding these risks is crucial for informed decision-making, and individuals should discuss them thoroughly with their healthcare provider.

What happens after surgery?

After surgery, patients are advised to maintain activity through regular walking, gradually resuming exercise. Heavy lifting should be avoided for four to six weeks. Returning to work is possible within one to two weeks, though strenuous job roles may require extended recovery or lighter duties. Patients can usually resume driving after one to two weeks, following guidance from the surgeon.

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