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Inguinal Hernia Surgery

Inguinal Hernia SurgeryInguinal hernias usually occur when a part of the intestine protrudes through a weak area of the lower abdomen. This condition is most commonly seen in males. The protrusion may prolapse in and out but if it gets stuck outside it may cause a painful bump which can be felt when exerting yourself or coughing or even when moving about. Inguinal hernias are not dangerous except when the intestine can get stuck in it and cause obstruction or gangrene hence it's better to treat it early as leaving it untreated can result in serious complications.

This procedure can also be performed laparoscopically or through the single incision method which you can read about here.

Know the symptoms

If you experience more than one of the following symptoms it may be likely that you are suffering from a rupture in the abdominal wall in which case medical intervention will be required.

Inguinal Hernia Surgery symptoms
  • Protuberance or bumps on one or both sides of the pubic bone
  • Discomfort when, bending, moving or coughing
  • Men may experience pain and swelling in the scrotum and testis

Surgery step-by-step

  • You will be administered general anesthesia so that you experience no pain throughout the procedure.
  • The procedure is then performed through a laparoscope (a tiny telescope) connected to a special camera which is inserted through a cannula, a small hollow tube, allowing the surgeon to view the hernia and surrounding tissue on a video screen.
  • Other cannulas are inserted which allow the surgeon to work "inside".
  • Three or four small incisions are usually necessary. The hernia is repaired from behind the abdominal wall.
  •  A small piece of surgical mesh is placed over the hernia defect and held in place with small surgical staples.
  • The procedure usually lasts for 60 – 90 minutes.

FAQs

Can I tell if I have a hernia?

It is usually easy to recognize a hernia. You may notice a bulge under the skin. You may feel pain when you lift heavy objects, cough, and strain during urination or bowel movements, or during prolonged standing or sitting.

What are the advantages of having the surgery performed laparoscopically?

Laparoscopic hernia repair is a technique to fix tears in the abdominal wall (muscle) using small incisions, telescopes and a patch (mesh). If may offer a quicker return to work and normal activities with a decreased pain in some patients. Laparoscopic surgeries also result in minimal scarring post surgery.

What sort of preparation is required prior to surgery?

  • Depending on your age and medical condition you may need to have blood work, medical evaluations, chest x-rays and an EKG performed.
  • After midnight the night before the operation, you should not eat or drink anything except medications prescribed by your surgeon.

What happens after the surgery?

  • Following the operation, you will be transferred to the recovery room where you will be monitored for 1-2 hours until you are fully awake.
  • Once you are awake and able to walk, you may be sent home the same day or the next.
  • You are encouraged to be up and about the day after surgery.
  • In some older patients with prostratic symptoms with correction of both side hernias you may have difficulty passing urine initially