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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

Why not print this treatment page so you can discuss any concerns you have with your surgeon?

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