Many hernias can be repaired using a keyhole or laparoscopic hernia surgery technique.
Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery allows for a faster recovery with less discomfort. Our surgeons use small incisions in the abdominal wall to introduce a long thin camera (laparoscope) and instruments to repair a hernia using mesh. Gas is gently insufflated to separate the tissues which gives a view the hernia from the inside (by looking at a television monitor that is attached to the camera).
Surgeons performing a laparoscopic operation
Other small incisions are made to allow long thin miniature working instruments to be passed to the area of the hernia allowing the surgeon to repair the hernia form the inside. A small piece of surgical mesh is placed over the hernia defect and held in place with small surgical staples. The mesh remains inside the body permanently to reinforce the weak area. Once the operation is completed, the gas is allowed to escape before the cuts are stitched together. This operation is usually performed with general anaesthesia.
Many patients find that this approach gives rise to less pain and therefore enables a faster return to work and normal activities.
Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair