Laparoscopic Hernia Repair (Keyhole Surgery)
This minimally invasive technique uses carbon dioxide gas to inflate the cavity to allow space for the surgeon to work remotely. The hernia hole is located and covered with mesh, which is stapled into place.
The big advantage is that no large cut is made to the abdominal wall so that recovery is quick and pain free but it must be carried out by a surgeon experienced and skilled at laparoscopic techniques.
Keyhole surgery is particularly advantageous when used in bowel surgery where bigger cuts have been made or to deal with a failed open repair.
Our surgeons are best placed to decide on clinical grounds which procedure is best in each case.
The government regulatory body NICE has made recommendations on the use of laparoscopic surgery to treat inguinal hernia (2004) http://guidance.nice.org.uk/TA83
Many hernias do not hurt so the temptation is to leave them and get on with life. However, failing to get medical advice can be damaging and is not recommended. If left the hernia will grow and discomfort and pain, even if negligible to start with, will intensify.