Laparoscopic Hernia Repair (Keyhole Surgery)
This minimally invasive technique uses carbon dioxide gas to inflate the affected cavity so the surgeon can insert a telescopic camera and work remotely. One the hernia is located the hole is covered with mesh and stapled into place. The main advantage of using this technique is that no large cut needs to be made to the abdominal wall, thus speeding up recovery and reducing pain.
The procedure must be must be carried out by a specialist surgeon experienced and skilled at laparoscopic techniques. Hiatus Hernia keyhole surgery is a particularly reliable form of this procedure.
Keyhole surgery is particularly advantageous when used in bowel surgery where bigger cuts have previously 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 ignore them. 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.