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The weakness 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 incisional 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 incisional hernia repair

Recovery from hernia repair is usually very quick. You will probably go home the day of the surgery or you may spend one night in hospital. 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
Find your nearest hospital that provides this treatment
Cheltenham  

Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 6SY

01242 246 500
Overall rating Good
Exeter  

Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG

01392 262110
Overall rating Good
Haywards Heath  

Burrell Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1UD

01444 456999
Overall rating Good
Ipswich  

Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5SW

Enquiries 0300 1311419
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Leicester  

Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

Enquiries 0300 1311416
Overall rating Good
North Staffordshire  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 4DB

01782 625431
Overall rating Good
Oxford  

Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
Overall rating Good
Tees  

Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX

01642 367439
Overall rating Outstanding

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