If you do not have any serious symptoms or if you are only diagnosed with a minimal symptomatic hernia, it is recommended that you avoid surgery because of side effects that may occur after inguinal hernia surgery.
Inguinal hernia repair is also not recommended for patients with previous abdominal or prostate surgery or other serious medical conditions. Men who are more than 50 years old are most confronted with this situation.
Patient may spend 1 or 2 nights in hospital
How long is the surgery?
The surgery will take 1 to 2 hours
How many days should I travel/stay abroad to do the treatment?
You will need a minimum of 1 to 2 weeks off work.
If after a thorough examination, the surgeon determines that inguinal hernia repair is right for you, you should know:
• You may need further medical evaluations
• You need to be informed fully and clearly over the risks and complications of this type of surgery
• Before the operation, you should stop any medication that involves blood thinners such as aspirin. You should avoid intaking anti-inflammatories, vitamin E or some herbal supplements
• You will be asked to quit smoking before and after the surgery to prevent its negative effect in the healing process
• Immediately after the surgery, you may need extra help to drive you home or for your daily activities
If left untreated, this disease can cause serious complications, and if you have any symptoms, it is recommended that you go for a check-up as soon as possible.
There are two types of surgical inguinal hernia treatments:
The laparoscopic method or Laparoscopic treatment:
The laparoscopic method or Laparoscopic treatment is a surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia with a tool named laparoscope and a special camera that allows the surgeon to visualize the hernia and surrounding tissue on a video screen. The surgeon will perform the operation with the help of cannulas inserted through three tiny incisions. A small piece of surgical mesh will be placed to reinforce the abdominal wall over the hole produced by hernia. When structures are placed in their proper locations, your surgeon will cover the opening with sutures, staples, or adhesive glue. This is a less invasive procedure, and it has a shorter recovery period than open surgery, although the risk of hernia recurrence may be greater with laparoscopic repair.
Inguinal Hernia Surgery:
For inguinal hernia repair surgery, the doctor will perform a deeper incision by suturing the hole in the stomach and tighten the abdominal muscles. Open hernia repair can be done under general, spinal, or local anesthesia, while Laparoscopic repair requires general anesthesia. This type of procedure requires longer recovery time and involves the risk of not being able to move normally for a period of up to six weeks.
Inguinal hernia surgery recovery time depends on the type of procedure performed. Laparoscopic treatment is less invasive and is associated with a shorter recovery period (1 to 2 weeks) than an open inguinal hernia surgery (up to 6 weeks).
Inguinal hernia repair complications are rare, but they can occur:
• Blood clots
• Difficulties at urination
• Bruising and swelling
• Risk of injury for other organs like intestines, blood vessels, and bladder.
Inguinal hernia surgery is associated with the following side effects:
• Pain or soreness in the first 24 to 48 hours after the surgery
• Difficulties at urination
• Difficulties in moving normally
• Wound infection
Inguinal Hernia Repair has a very high success rate if it is diagnosed and treated in time.
After an inguinal hernia repair or inguinal hernia surgery, patients are transferred to a restroom until they wake up, and if they can walk, drink water and urinate, they are released from the hospital. Pain or discomfort is normal within the first 24 to 48 hours after inguinal hernia repair. After a laparoscopic treatment, the patient will be able to return to normal activities in about a week. Open inguinal hernia surgery is associated with longer and more difficult recovery time. A follow-up appointment is recommended two weeks after inguinal hernia repair.
What Causes A Hernia?
The most common causes are aging process, congenital defects, chronic coughing, the repeated strain on the tummy, and damage from injury or surgery.
What Are the Symptoms of An Inguinal Hernia?
The most common inguinal hernia symptoms may include:
• A lump in the affected area
• Pain or discomfort when coughing, exercising or bending over
• Weakness or pressure in the abdomen or inguinal area
•Aching or burning sensation in the affected area
• Swelling of the scrotum in men
How Much Will My Inguinal Hernia Surgery Cost?
An inguinal hernia surgery cost can be very expensive even if you are covered by your insurance. Inguinal hernia surgery costs typically include fees for the operating room, anesthesia, and surgeon. Depending on the patient's health status, other possible examin
1 to 6 weeks
1 to 6 weeks
This content is written and reviewed by our medical content team in August, 2019.