What is Hernia repair surgery? Hernia repair is surgery to correct a hernia - an abnormal bulging of internal organs, often the intestine, through a weakness in a muscular wall. A hernia repair is known medically as a herniorrhaphy.
Two techniques are in use today: Open surgery: In this approach, the doctor makes a single long incision over the hernia, removes the protruding sac if necessary, and sews the torn muscle closed. Man-made mesh may be applied to the inside of the muscle wall to further strengthen it.
Laparoscopic surgery: This version of the procedure is accomplished through two small incisions, one in the abdomen, the other close to the hernia. With the aid of a tiny lighted scope, the surgeon uses miniature, remote-controlled surgical instruments to make the repair from within the abdomen.
How much time is required? Surgery will last about 1-2 hours and most hernia repairs are done on an outpatient basis, which means that you will likely go home on the same day. Some repairs may require a short hospital stay if the hernia is very large.
What type of anethesia will be given? Usually general, sometimes local
What are the possible common complications? The risks of surgery for hernia repair are usually very low, unless the patient also has other serious medical problems.