During hernia repair surgery, an abnormal protrusion is corrected. A hernia occurs when the outer layers of the abdominal wall rip, bulge, or become weak, causing tissue to protrude. The procedure to correct the hernia can be done with either a laparoscopic or open surgery method.
Also Known As:
- Hernia surgery
Conditions Treated with Hernia Repair:
Hernia repair is utilized to treat hernias that cause significant amounts of pain or involve a lot of protruding tissue. The hernias most commonly treated with hernia repair include inguinal hernias, which occur along the front of the pelvis, and umbilical hernia, which develop near the belly button.
Some hernias do not cause any pain and do not require any surgery. There are no surgical alternatives to hernia repair.
Anesthesia with Hernia Repair:
Hernia repair can be performed under local anesthesia or with general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Hernia Repair:
Possible risks following hernia repair can include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. Other risks include chronic pain and inflammation.
Prognosis after Hernia Repair:
The prognosis for a positive end result following hernia repair is good.
Recovery from Hernia Repair:
The recovery time following hernia repair takes about two to four weeks. For some patients, recovery can take up to six months. Strenuous physical activity and heavy lifting should be avoided for six to eight weeks.