Laparoscopic hernia repair
Hernias, which occur when an internal part of the body ends up pushing through a weak spot in a muscle wall, often resulting in a noticeable bulge, are very common and don’t always cause any symptoms.
For some people, they can become painful and may cause additional problems depending on the site of the hernia, such as chronic heartburn/acid reflux, or serious blockages that require urgent treatment.
Hernias are frequently associated with ageing but can also happen due to straining, injury or muscle weakness. There are many different types of hernias but two of the most common are inguinal hernias, where part of the bowel or fatty tissue in that area pushes through the top of the groin/inner thigh, and hiatus hernias, where part of the stomach pushes through the diaphragm/upper chest.
If a hernia is causing you ongoing pain and problems and surgery is an option that’s been recommended or you’d like to explore, the specialists at Hadley Wood Hospital are here to help.
Laparoscopic hernia surgery means a number of small keyhole incisions are made. The surgeon will then use a laparoscope (a thin tube with a light and camera at the end) to enable them to repair the hernia and, if necessary, the associated muscle via minimally invasive techniques. This generally means reduced scarring and quicker recovery times. The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic and most people are able to go home the same or next day. Recovery time is usually around one to two weeks, although your surgeon will advise you on how long to wait before returning to things like strenuous exercise.