Inguinal hernia repair is a type of surgery. An inguinal hernia is a bulge under the skin in your groin. It happens when there is a weak spot in the groin muscle and a piece of the intestines or tissue pokes through the muscle. This can be painful.
You may have pain when you're active. Or it may be painful when you strain during a bowel movement or lift something heavy.
Surgery can help with your pain. It can also prevent serious problems that can happen if an organ or tissue gets stuck in the hernia.
There are two ways to do this surgery. In open surgery, the doctor makes one cut near the hernia. This cut is called an incision. In laparoscopic surgery, the doctor makes several very small incisions and uses a thin, lighted scope and small tools.
During surgery, the doctor pushes the bulge back in place. He or she may place a piece of mesh on top of the bulge to help keep it in place. The doctor then sews the healthy tissue back together.
Laparoscopic surgery leaves several small scars. Open surgery leaves one long scar. The scars fade with time.
After the surgery, you can probably return to light activity after 1 to 3 weeks. How long it takes will depend on the type of surgery.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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