Unilateral inguinal hernia repair can be performed in two different ways, including open inguinal hernia surgeryand laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair.
•Open inguinal hernia surgery- in open inguinal hernia surgery surgeons make a large cut and they push the hernia back and then close the muscle walls, therefore keeping bowels inside of the abdomen.
•Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair- in laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair surgeons make several small cuts and use different medical instruments including a laparoscope which is a tube-shaped tool with light and camera on it. Although laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair has a longer operation time and higher expenses, it is known to have a shorter recovery period.
This content is written and reviewed by our medical content team in August, 2019.