There are two types of hernias: the ventral hernia in the abdomen and the inguinal hernia in the groin area. General surgeon Dr. Elijah Mobley will discuss your options with you and depending upon the severity of the hernia, location of the hernia, and your medical history, he will recommend one of the two types of surgeries available – open or laparoscopic.
With both types of surgery, general anesthesia, local anesthesia, or an epidural with a sedative can be used. The surgery is performed as an outpatient, meaning you can go home the same day unless complications arise.
A patch is placed on the hernia and is allowed to overlap the area. Dr. Elijah Mobley then attaches the patch with sutures. As time passes, your body’s tissue grows into the patch, which helps the patch to stay in place and adds strength to the repaired area. The incision is then closed, and a dressing is placed over the repaired area.
Laparoscopic Surgery for Abdominal and Groin Hernia Surgery
The surgeon makes three to six tiny incisions in your abdominal wall near the hernia. The abdomen is then inflated with carbon dioxide gas. Surgical instruments and a small camera (laparoscope) are put in through the small incisions in your abdomen. Using these surgical instruments, a patch repair is done in the same manner as an open procedure. Once the procedure is done, the gas is then released, the incisions are closed, and sterile stripes are placed over the incisions.