Laparoscopic hernia repair

Keyhole surgery to repair a hernia

If you need to have a hernia repaired, HCA UK provides laparoscopic hernia repair

About

Hernias are caused by a weakness in the muscle or tissue wall which allows an internal part of the body to push through. There are few or no symptoms other than a lump or swelling that may appear after coughing or straining. Usually the lump can be pushed back in or disappears when you lie down.

Some of the more common types of hernia are:
  • Inguinal hernias (groin area)
  • Femoral hernias (groin area)
  • Umbilical hernias (naval or belly button area)
  • Hiatus hernias (chest area)
Laparoscopic surgery is minimally invasive and this means it has several advantages over traditional open surgery. These include:
  • shorter hospital stay
  • faster recovery time
  • less pain and bleeding after the procedure
  • reduced scarring

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    Surgery is the only way to completely repair a hernia and your GP or consultant may refer you for an ultrasound scan to assess the extent of your condition.

    To treat a hernia, a procedure called laparoscopic hernia repair is carried out.

    A laparoscopic hernia repair is performed via keyhole surgery. Your consultant will make several small cuts in your abdomen and use an instrument called a laparoscope. The contents of the hernia will be returned back into the abdomen and then the abdominal wall will be strengthened. This is done by either using a special mesh or by stitching the muscle layers together to help prevent the hernia returning.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Laparoscopic hernia repair is generally very safe. However, as with any surgery, there are some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you and answer any questions you might have.

    Laparoscopic hernia repair is carried out under general anaesthetic. Afterwards, the area will be closed with stitches or staples.

    We will let you know in advance how long to avoid eating and drinking before your surgery.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    After the procedure, you will be taken to the recovery unit, where our dedicated team will look after you. You will be given pain relief medication if needed.

    Laparoscopic hernia repair is sometimes performed as a day case. You may be able to go home after one day, or you may need to stay in hospital overnight. Your consultant or specialist nurse will let you know when you can leave the hospital.

    You will be advised on how to manage your recovery and when you can get back to your usual daily routines, but most people make a full recovery within a few weeks.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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