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Laparoscopic Hernia Repair

What is a hernia?
A hernia is a protrusion of an organ outside its normal cavity. This most commonly occurs when an area of the abdominal wall musculature becomes weakened.

Will my hernia heal on its own?
No. A hernia does not get better or “go away.” Surgery is required to repair a hernia.

What is a laparoscopic hernia repair?
A laparoscopic hernia repair is a procedure in which a surgeon uses special instruments, small incisions and, with the aid of a videoscope and television monitors, performs the hernia repair. The surgeon uses a piece of special medical material called mesh to reinforce the weakened area of the abdominal wall. This helps prevent the hernia from recurring.

What are the advantages of having my hernia repaired laparoscopically?
A laparoscopic hernia repair may be less painful than an open hernia repair. You can go home the same day. Most patients return to their normal level of activity within one to two weeks.

What are the risks of this surgery?
As with any surgery, there is a risk of infection, bleeding and damage to surrounding structures. This is rare with laparoscopic hernia repairs.

Should I do anything special to prepare for my surgery?
There is no special preparation for this procedure. A nurse will call you the night before your surgery with information on when to come to the hospital and where to register for your surgery. The night before your surgery, do not eat or drink anything after midnight. The morning of your surgery, do not smoke, chew tobacco or gum. The medications used for your surgery will make you very drowsy. Bring someone with you who will be able to drive you home.

When will I get to go home? When can I return to work?
You will go home the same day of your surgery. You can return to work and your normal routine in one to two weeks. You should avoid heavy lifting for a few weeks after your surgery. This will allow the repair to heal properly.

If you have any questions, please contact the Minimally Invasive Surgery office at (859) 257-3253. A nurse will return your call.

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