Types of hernia repair surgery
There are two methods of hernia surgery, open and laparoscopic. Both techniques are safe and effective with low rates of recurrence of the hernias. Your surgeon will discuss the particular benefit of each procedure during your consultation. Patients go home the same day after both laparoscopic and open hernia repair.
Open hernia repair surgery
Open hernia surgery involves a larger incision (around 10cm) in the abdomen that gives the surgeon full access to the hernia and may involve the insertion of mesh to strengthen the repair. Open surgery can take longer to recover but may be the preferred option depending on your particular circumstance. Open hernia repair can be done with local or spinal anaethesia.
Laparoscopic hernia repair surgery
Laparoscopic hernia surgery involves the surgeon making a smaller incision, through which small instruments, including a laparoscope (tiny camera), are inserted to allow the surgeon to view the hernia and perform the procedure. Before inserting the instruments, the abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide to separate the abdominal organs so the surgeon can more clearly see the organs and surrounding area.
Some hernias in particular may be suitable for laparoscopic hernia repair, including bilateral inguinal hernias and recurrent hernias. For athletes or people who want to get back to playing a sport sooner, laparoscopic hernia surgery can lead to a faster recovery due to the smaller incision. Laparoscopic hernia repair is done with general anaesthesia.