"The objective of surgery is to repair the weak tissue in your stomach wall so that intestine and other tissue can't push through it again. A hernia occurs when inward layers of abdominal muscles get to be weak. The covering of the abdomen then lumps out into a little sac, and a portion of the intestine or abdominal tissue may enter the sac."
    Hernia Surgery

The most common kinds of hernias happen in the abdomen, or belly. When the muscles inside a person’s abdomen weaken in one spot, a loop of intestine or abdominal tissue can push through the muscle layer. Following are the other different types of hernia.

  • Abdominal
  • Incisional
  • Umbilical
  • Inguinal
  • Femoral
  • Hiatal or Para esophageal

Hernia Diagnosis

Patient history and physical examination are normally all that are required. Observation of a distension in the groin when the patient strains or hacks during examination demonstrates conclusion of a hernia.

Types of Hernia Repair Surgery

Depending on the location, type and severity of your hernia, as well as your medical history, your doctor will recommend the type of surgery procedure. The most common type of the hernia surgery is inguinal hernia repair. It is one of the most common surgical procedures performed in the U.S. with almost a million operations occurring each year. Another surgery which is performed for repairing hernia is Ventral (Abdominal) Hernia Repair Surgery.

Your surgeon makes a cut on the same side as the hernia, at an edge simply over the crease where the abdomen area meets the thigh. This should be done with local epidural or general anesthesia.

Intestine or other tissue inside the hernia sac is put back into the abdominal cavity. The excess sac may be tied off or uprooted.

The hernia is repaired in one of three ways:

  • “Primary repair” – Also known as a “sutured repair”, this repair includes sewing the abdominal wall tissues back together with sutures.
  • “Patch repair or tension free repair” – A patch is connected over the weak zone around the hernia before the muscles. After some time, your body’s tissue grows naturally into the patch to make a strong repair.
  • “Plug and patch repair” – A space-filling plug, Hernia Plug, is set inside the inguinal hernia to strengthen and support the weak tissue. A patch is then appended over the weak tissue.

The skin incision is than closed with stitches.

Your surgeon makes a few little incisions (normally three to six) in the abdominal wall around the hernia.

Your abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide gas; surgical instruments and a laparoscope (unique camera) are inserted through the incision into the belly.

Surgical instruments are inserted through the incisions into the stomach area.

The hernia is repaired utilizing a “patch repair” system. In this repair, the patch is put behind the muscles.

The gas is released and the skin incisions are than closed.

Most laparoscopic surgeries are same-day surgeries done under general anesthesia. Since just small incisions are required, laparoscopic surgery offers faster recover time, diminished pain, lessened recurrence of hernia, and less complications.

After Surgery

In some cases, a patient may need to stay in the hospital overnight, especially for a ventral hernia repair. In general, recovery from surgery for a ventral hernia takes longer than recovery from surgery for an inguinal.

The laparoscopic hernia repair permits patients to return to their typical routine much more rapidly. A few individuals can return to work in only a couple of days. Recovery from the conventional surgery takes somewhat more because there is more pain and soreness around the surgical area.

For the most part, a patient can be guided by the measure of uneasiness they feel. Any movement, for example, driving, that causes pain and puts a strain on the incision ought to be avoided until it can be comfortably endured. The same remains constant for work. Individuals with desk employments generally can come back to work within of a week or two. Individuals whose jobs require strenuous action or truly difficult work may require a few more weeks of healing before they come back to work.


Complications may emerge post-operation, including rejection of the mesh that is utilized to repair the hernia. In the case of a mesh dismissal, the mesh will probably should be evacuated. Mesh dismissal can be recognized by self-evident, sometimes localized swelling and pain around the mesh section range. Constant release from the scar is likely for some time after the cross section has been uprooted.

A surgically treated hernia can prompt complications, while an untreated hernia may be complicated by:

  • Inflammation
  • Irreducibility
  • Obstruction of any lumen, such as bowel obstruction in intestinal hernias
  • Strangulation
  • Hydrocele of the hernia sac
  • Hemorrhage
  • Autoimmune problems
  • Incarceration, which is where it cannot be reduced, or pushed back into place, at least not without very much external effort. In intestinal hernias, this also substantially increases the risk of bowel obstruction and strangulation.

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