The repair of hernias has come a long way in the decades since they were first treated through large, open incisions that resulted in long, painful recoveries and large scars. At Florida Hospital, we’ve adopted a minimally invasive approach; through laparoscopic hernia repair, our surgical specialists use tiny instrumentation and a few small incisions to treat hernias throughout the abdomen. Patients recover with less pain and gain mobility much quicker. Request an appointment with one of our specialists today.
Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
What is laparoscopic hernia repair?
Hernia repair surgery, herniorrhaphy, is usually recommended when a hernia becomes painful and affects daily activities or if its presence causes additional health issues like intestinal blockages and limited blood flow. In rare instances, emergency surgery is required for intestines that become trapped within the hernia.
Traditional tension repair hernia surgery once required an incision through the abdomen. Through this incision, adjacent muscle was cut and pulled together using sutures or wire to close the opening caused by the hernia. Today, most hernias at Florida Hospital can be repaired with a simple laparoscopic approach, which poses minimal risks to the patient and greatly enhances the recovery process with less pain, scarring and hospitalization. This method uses three or four small incisions, through which a small camera and surgical devices enter to secure a mesh-like patch over the affected area. Laparoscopy is one of several tension free hernia repair options available.
Using the laparoscope’s thin, flexible, tube-like fiber optic camera, the surgeon can guide instruments directly to the area of the abdomen that needs repair. With the camera, the surgery site can be viewed with great detail, resulting in an enhanced level of precision. As an added benefit, surrounding healthy tissue is less likely to be affected and the tiny incisions can generally be closed with just one or two stiches.
With advanced technology and highly trained surgeons, laparoscopic hernia repair surgery at Florida Hospital allows our patients to heal much faster and offers significant benefits over traditional open surgeries, including:
- Less pain
- Less scarring
- Less recovery time
- Less risk of infection
- Less time in the hospital
Thanks to our advanced, minimally invasive approach, patients can usually return home within hours of the surgery, and experience a quick return to normal activities.