Every year there are more than one million procedures performed for hernia repairs. The two surgical methods are open repair and laparoscopic repair. Both types of operations can involve surgical mesh or stitches only. But, the method most beneficial for your type of hernia will be determined by your Glendora General Surgeon based on your particular medical history, physical condition, and whether your procedure is for a small or large repair.
Surgical Mesh Versus Stitches Only
Surgical Mesh is used to reinforce the weakened internal abdominal or muscle wall around the hernia bulge. After the hernia is either pushed back into the wall area or surgically removed, a surgical mesh patch is applied over the area to strengthen the weakened wall and to reduce the risk of a recurrence. Surgical mesh is considered to be a medical device, it is widely used when repairing large or reoccurring hernias, and the method is called Hernioplasty.
Open Surgery Versus Laproscopic Surgery
Whether your surgery is open or laparoscopic, you will be given a general anesthetic before the surgery so that you will be asleep and not experience any discomfort or pain. Depending on the type of operation and the size of your hernia, the entire procedure will take between 30 minutes to 1 hour. If your sutures are to be removed at a later date, it can be done in the surgeon’s office.
Open Surgery requires one long incision. The surgeon will perform the repair through this opening. After the operation, the incision will be closed with stitches, staples, or surgical tape.
Laparoscopic Surgery requires a few small incisions. A long, thin surgical instrument with an attached camera is inserted into one incision. The surgeon is able to view the hernia area on a television screen while the operation is performed with specialized surgical instruments inserted into the other incisions. After the operation, the instruments are removed and the incisions are closed with stitches, staples, or surgical tape.