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Weak spots or tears can develop in the layer of muscle in the abdominal wall resulting in the contents of the abdomen pushing through. This produces a lump called a hernia.

A hernia can be dangerous because the intestines or other structures within the abdomen can get trapped and have their blood supply cut off (strangulated hernia). In some cases laparoscopic surgery can not be performed. Your surgeon will carefully assess you prior to surgery. If this method cannot be used your surgeon may recommend open groin hernia repair.

What happens during laparoscopic groin hernia repair?

This procedure is usually performed under general anaesthetic. A laparoscope (tiny telescope) connected to a camera will be inserted via a very small tube (cannula) to allow your surgeon to close the weak spot from inside your abdomen. They will use a piece of surgical mesh and surgical staples to reinforce the area.

Going home after laparoscopic groin hernia repair

Recovery from hernia repair is usually very quick. You will probably go home the day of the surgery. You will be mobile very soon after the procedure and will be encouraged to increase how much you walk around over the first few days post surgery.

Patients who undergo laparoscopic procedures can usually get back to normal day to day activities in a very short period of time. In addition there are no restrictions on lifting. However you may find it uncomfortable if you lift anything heavy in the first two to four weeks.

What complications can happen?

Every surgical procedure has a risk of complications. Be sure and discuss any concerns you might have about these risks with your surgeon.

General complications of any operation:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection in a surgical wound
  • Blood clots
  • Unsightly scarring

Specific complications of laparoscopic hernia repair:

  • Damage to internal organs
  • Injury to the bowel
  • Developing a lump at the site of the original hernia
  • Men - discomfort or pain in the testicle on the side of the operation
  • Men - damage to the blood supply of the testicle
  • Difficulty passing urine

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Shenfield Road
Brentwood
CM15 8EH

01277 695695

4 Trumpington Road
Cambridge
CB2 8AF

01223 303336

Cardiff Bay Hospital
Dunleavey Drive
Cardiff
CF11 0SN

02920 836700

Hatherley Lane
Cheltenham
GL51 6SY

01242 246552

78 Broyle Road
Chichester
PO19 6WB

01243 530600

Wonford Road
Exeter
EX2 4UG

01392 262110

25 Beaconsfield Road
Glasgow
G12 0PJ

01413349441

Venns Lane
Hereford
HR1 1DF

01432 355 131

Foxhall Road
Ipswich
IP4 5SW

01473 279100

Scraptoft Lane
Leicester
LE5 1HY

01162 769401

Clayton Road
Newcastle-under-Lyme
ST5 4DB

01782 625431

Longden Road
Shrewsbury
SY3 9DP

01743 282628

Staplegrove Elm
Taunton
TA2 6AN

01823 286991

Junction Road
Norton
Stockton on Tees
TS20 1PX

01642 367439

The Chase
Old Milverton Lane
Leamington Spa
CV32 6RW

01926 436351
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