An inguinal hernia is a bulge or tear in the muscle tissue of the groin that can allow a portion of intestine to squeeze through. Laparoscopic repair of inguinal hernias is a minimally invasive surgical technique where a laparoscope – or a thin tube with a small camera at the end – is inserted into a small incision in the lower abdomen. The camera captures a close-up view of the patient’s internal anatomy and displays it on a video monitor. The surgeon uses this as a guide while manipulating long, specially designed instruments through additional incisions.
Utilizing these instruments, the surgeon places a synthetic mesh over the hernia’s opening. This mesh acts as a brace for the growth of new tissue that will strengthen the abdominal wall. Within three weeks, the mesh is a smoothly integrated part of the patient’s body, becoming entwined with native tissue.
Laparoscopic surgery generally requires shorter recuperation time than open surgery, with minimal scarring. It may not be the best option if the hernia is extremely large or the patient has had pelvic surgery.
Please schedule an appointment with Dr. El-Ghazzawy if you would like more information about laparoscopic inguinal hernia repairs.