How do Hernias Happen?
Men and women of all ages can have hernias. A hernia is a weakness or tear in the abdomen. There are two ways that a hernia can happen. An acquired hernia are caused by wear and tear over the years. A congenital hernia is the result of weakness in the abdominal wall that is present at birth.
- A soft lumb in the groin, near the navel, or near a surgical scar
- Pain may be present which can range from mild tenderness to severe pain
- Cause nausea and vomiting when a part of an organ, usually an intestine, bulges outside the abdomen and becomes trapped.
Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
The laparoscope is a tiny telescope that lets your doctor see inside of your body. Laparoscopic surgery offers many benefits over open surgery. There is less pain, a faster recovery, and tiny scars instead of a long scar. Because laparoscopic surgery usually takes 1 to 2 hours and you can likely go home the same day. Since large incisions are not required, recovery from laparoscopic surgery is often faster and less painful than open surgery.
Risks and Complications
- Numbness or pain in the groin or leg
- Urinary retention
- Bowel or bladder injury
- Recurrent hernias
- Deterioration of testes
- Risks of anethesia
You will be given general anesthesia. This will keep you free from pain during surgery. Depending on the type of surgery, the number of incisions and placement will vary. The laparoscope and other instruments vital to the surgery are inserted through the incisions.
Carbon dioxide gas is injected into your abdomen through an incision near your navel. The gas inflates your abdomen, allowing the surgeon to work.
After the hernia is repaired, your surgeon places strong mesh directly over the weak spot in your abdominal wall. The mesh acts just as a patch would on a tire wall. The mesh is secured with surgical staples. These stay in place permanently. Neither the mesh nor the staples are harmful to your body.