Hernia Repair in Groin - Laparoscopic

This is a procedure in which a surgeon uses small instruments and a camera to repair bulging in the groin area.

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.

  • A hernia is caused by tissue bulging through a weakened area in the abdomen or groin. The bulge usually contains contents of a body cavity, such as a part of the intestine. When this happens, the contents of the hernia can usually slide back and forth.
  • Sometimes, when the intestine protrudes through the weakened area, it is not able to return to its normal location. This is known as an incarcerated hernia. An incarcerated hernia needs prompt medical attention to see if it can be returned to its normal location (reduced).
  • If the blood flow to an incarcerated hernia is blocked, it is known as a strangulated hernia. A strangulated hernia can cause injury to the bowel and life-threatening infection. Therefore, it requires immediate surgery.
  • During an inguinal hernia repair, the bulging tissue is pushed back through the weak area. The weak area is then made stronger with stitches and/or a mesh lining.

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:

  • Medications you should not take before the surgery, such as blood thinners
  • Regular medications you should take on the day of your surgery
  • How many hours you should stop eating and drinking before the surgery

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.

  • General anesthesia is the most common anesthesia for a hernia repair. With general anesthesia, you are put into a deep sleep and are unable to see, hear or feel anything.
  • Other types of anesthesia may be used in certain circumstances.

You will most likely go home the day of your surgery. However, some people need to stay in the hospital overnight.

  • Some men have difficulty urinating after the surgery. A tube may need to be placed in their bladder for a brief period to drain their urine.
  • Pain medication and help at home may be needed while you recover.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having a laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair?

  • What is my diagnosis and reason for the surgery?
  • What are the possible complications for this surgery?
  • What are the pros and cons of having laparoscopic vs open surgery?
  • Are there any alternatives to this surgery? What are the benefits and risks of each?
  • Is there any special preparation for the surgery? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • What type of anesthesia will I have? What are the possible side effects?
  • How will I feel after the surgery and will I have to modify my activity?

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.

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Repair Hernia
Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
Inguinal Hernia Repair
Hernia Surgery
Hernia Repair in Groin - Laparoscopic
Groin Hernia Repair

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