Hernia Surgery

Hernia surgery is recommended when you have developed a hernia that is causing you pain. 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. If you are experiencing pain from a hernia, don’t wait to get treatment. Clearpoint Health Network offers private hernia surgery with no wait times for patients in Toronto, Calgary, Alberta and throughout Canada.

Hernia Repair Surgery with Clearpoint Health Network

Clearpoint Health is a network of private medical clinics across Canada, with centres in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Calgary offering private hernia surgery. Our surgeons have years of experience performing private hernia surgery.  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. Clearpoint Health Network aims to provide all our patients with a compassionate, caring, and rewarding experience.

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Types of Hernia Repair Surgery

In some cases, patients who are experiencing hernia complications in which the intestine can get trapped in the hernia and cause more acute severe pain. If you are suffering from this type of hernia complication, we urge you to seek emergency 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 large 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 anaesthesia.

Laparoscopic Hernia Repair Surgery

Laparoscopic hernia surgery involves the surgeon making a small 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.

FAQs

What is this procedure for and how will it alleviate my symptoms?
Hernias are typically umbilical or inguinal.  This is as a result of a defect in the muscle in the abdomen wall or the groin area. Hernia Repair surgery is a common surgical procedure, providing relief from pain, swelling or bulge in the groin or abdomen.

What happens during surgery?
We offer two methods of hernia surgery, open and laparoscopic. Open hernia surgery involves a large incision (approx. 10cm) in the abdomen providing the surgeon full access to the hernia. Recovery can take longer but may be the preferred option depending on your particular circumstance. Laparoscopic hernia surgery involves a small incision, allowing small instruments including a laparoscope (tiny camera) to be inserted to view and repair the hernia. This procedure is utilized whenever possible to allow people who want to get back to living an active lifestyle.

How do I qualify for this procedure?
Our surgeons ask patients to have an Ultrasound to diagnose and identify the characteristics of their hernia.  In addition, we require patients to complete a Pre-Surgical Patient Questionnaire to provide us with basic medical history.  If it is determined that you would be a suitable candidate for the procedure at our facility, we will request a History and Physical along with bloodwork and possibly and ECG from your family doctor.

What is the average process like and how long will it take for me to return to my normal activities?.
Typical recovery is 6 weeks.  Following your procedure, you will be advised not to lift/push/pull anything that weighs more than a coffee cup for the first 3 weeks’ post-op to allow the tissue to mend.  The next 3 weeks’ you will be limited to anything that weighs less than 10 pounds. Recovery time beyond the initial 6 weeks varies by patient and the activities required, i.e. a sedentary person could return back to activities whereas a construction worker would need more time to gradually build up their lifting tolerances over a period of 3-6 months.

How should I prepare for my surgery?

The most important thing to do as you prepare for your surgery is to not further inflame the hernia so limiting activities and seek immediate care if you show any signs of your hernia bulge turning red or purple or you note any symptoms of a strangulated hernia, fever, nausea, vomiting, intense pain.

Next steps: Book Your 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 at one of our private health care locations in Vancouver, Toronto or Winnipeg today. You have options for private healthcare and private hernia surgery in Canada.

To clarify your surgery options, your surgeon will discuss:

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

You will be required to travel out of province for surgery. Your consultation can take place via telephone or video conference.