Steps of Surgery
This procedure is performed under General Anesthesia
After administering anesthesia the abdomen and groin are prepared with an antibacterial solution.
The abdomen is inflated with a harmless gas (carbon dioxide) to allow the doctor to view the internal structures.
The procedure begins with several small abdominal incisions inferior to the belly button, which allow the insertion of the laparoscope and other surgical tools. A laparoscope is a thin, telescope-like instrument.
A camera, which is attached to the laparoscope, captures and produces a continuous image that is magnified and projected onto a television screen.
Using the laparoscopic surgical tools, the tissues and vessels surrounding the hernial sac are cut and tied.
The intestines inside the hernia sac are pushed back into its proper position behind the muscle wall.
The tissues are dissected to expose the weakness in the abdominal wall.
The muscle wall is reinforced with stitches or synthetic mesh to complete the repair.
The small abdominal incisions are closed with stitches or with surgical tape.
The small abdominal incisions heal faster and within a few months, the incision is barely visible. Benefits of laparoscopic hernia surgery:
Three tiny scars rather than one larger incision
Reduced postoperative pain
Faster return to work
Shorter recovery time and earlier resumption of daily activities (a recovery time of days instead of weeks)