Benefits of laparoscopic surgery
There are many benefits associated with laparoscopic hernia repair when compared to more invasive open hernia surgery, including:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Decreased risk of a wound infection
- Less pain and discomfort
- A quicker recovery time
- Earlier return to daily activities
- Less surgical trauma
- Improved surgical outcomes
Am i a candidate for laparoscopic hernia repair?
Although laparoscopic hernia repair leads to less pain, scarring and recovery time than open hernia surgery, it is not appropriate for all patients. Laparoscopic hernia repair is generally not recommended for patients who are obese, have undergone a prior abdominal surgery, or have an underlying medical condition. In addition, this procedure is not ideal for operating on hernias found in difficult to reach locations, or if there is an inability to visualize the internal organs using a minimally invasive approach.
The only way to confirm your candidacy for laparoscopic hernia repair is to schedule an appointment at our Los Angeles Hernia Center. After a thorough examination, our experts will determine if you are a strong candidate for the procedure.
An overview of the procedure
To begin laparoscopic hernia repair, our experts will administer general anesthesia to ensure the patient’s comfort and safety. From there, we will make a number of tiny incisions in the abdomen, through which we will insert a thin, lighted scope with a camera attached. This camera is connected to a video monitor in the operating room, and provides visibility of the hernia. The abdomen is then inflated with a harmless gas, usually carbon dioxide, to allow the surgeon to visualize the internal organs and surrounding structures.
From there, our surgeons will use tiny instruments to return the contents of the hernia to their proper location and cut the inner lining of the abdomen to expose the weakness in the abdominal wall. We will then repair the defect with sutures or a mesh patch, before closing the abdominal incisions with very small sutures to minimize scarring.
Immediately following laparoscopic hernia repair, our experts will prescribe antibiotics to prevent an infection, as well as pain medication to help manage any post-operative discomfort. In most cases, patients are able to return home the very same day to heal. During recovery, most patients can resume normal activities relatively quickly, including showering, driving, walking up stairs, returning to work, and having sexual intercourse. At four weeks post-surgery, most patients can resume more strenuous exercise.
As they heal, patients are advised to avoid straining during bowel movements by increasing their fiber intake and drinking at least eight to ten glasses of water each day. To prevent a blood clot from forming, patients should make sure they stand up and walk every hour or so during the recovery period. Additionally, some patients may develop a lump or swelling in the area where their hernia occurred. Frequently, this is due to fluid collecting in the space and will disappear over time. If it doesn’t, patients are advised to contact their surgeon, who will aspirate the lump with a needle in the office.
If you suspect you have a hernia, or you have a protruding bulge near the groin or abdomen, it is important to seek immediate evaluation at the Los Angeles Hernia Center. Untreated hernias can lead to irreversible damage and the development of life-threatening complications, so time is of the essence. During your initial appointment, our team of surgeons will evaluate your symptoms and provide a definitive diagnosis. From there, we will compose a custom surgical plan to repair your hernia and prevent a recurrence using the most comfortable and minimally invasive techniques available. With years of experience and countless successful procedures, our surgeons have developed a reputation for delivering among the best laparoscopic hernia repair Los Angeles has to offer.
We specialize in performing complete hernia surgery and repair, using the latest and most minimally invasive techniques available. Moreover, our staff is comprised of two leading hernia experts, both of whom are fully committed to providing our patients with the best laparoscopic hernia repair Los Angeles has available.
All procedures are performed in our surgical care center, which is a private alternative to a hospital setting. Because hernia repair is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, hospitalization simply is not necessary. As such, many patients prefer to undergo treatment in our state-of-the-art facility, which offers an added level of privacy, convenience, and comfort.Learn more