This is a procedure in which a surgeon uses small instruments and a camera to repair bulging in the groin area.
A laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair is surgery to repair bulging in the groin area. The bulging is caused by a gap in some of the tissue that supports other parts of the body (connective tissue). During laparoscopic surgery small medical instruments and a camera are inserted into three or four small cuts in the lower abdomen.
An inguinal hernia repair may be needed if the hernia is painful or stops you from participating in your normal activities. If surgery is necessary, prior to the surgery you should tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). Ask about specific instructions you should follow before surgery. These may include:
If you are a smoker, you should quit. Smoking can interfere with your recovery.
During your surgery, you will receive anesthesia to keep you comfortable and pain free.
You will most likely go home the day of your surgery. However, some people need to stay in the hospital overnight.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having a laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair?
After your surgery, you should know what you had done, what medication was given and what symptoms you should report to your healthcare provider. You should also understand all home care instructions (including medications and side effects) and follow-up plans. Do not forget to arrange for transportation to and from the facility and help at home.
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