Hernia Surgery

Hernia surgery is recommended when you have developed a hernia that is causing you symptoms. A hernia is a defect in the muscle of the abdominal wall and usually occurs in the groin area (inguinal) or in other areas of the abdominal wall.

Hernias are very common and generally get larger and cause more discomfort with time. There is an unusual complication of hernias where the intestine can get trapped in the hernia and cause more acute severe pain. These complications may need more urgent or emergency surgery.

Laparoscopic hernia repair surgery with Clearpoint Health

Many patients across Canada choose Clearpoint Health for hernia surgery. Our surgeons have years of experience and excellence in performance and outcome with this procedure. They are committed to helping relieve any pain and discomfort and reducing the risk of another hernia occurring. We strive to provide exceptional pre- and post-operative care. Combined with our patient centred philosophy, we aim to provide all our patients with a compassionate, caring, and rewarding experience.

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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.

Next steps: Book your laparoscopic hernia surgery consultation

If you are ready to discuss your hernia surgery needs with our surgeons, contact us to learn more and request a consultation today. To clarify your options your surgeon will discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Surgical techniques
  • Potential risks and complications