Hernia Repairs with a Qualified Surgeon
Current hernia repairs using mesh have a much lower rate of hernia recurrence.
There are several methods of placing the mesh. Open hernia surgery involves placing the mesh directly and suturing it in place without tension on the muscles. Sometimes two layers are used to maximise effectiveness. Laparoscopic (or keyhole) surgery involves placing the mesh from inside the abdomen using three small wounds instead of one. It is most useful for patients with hernias on both sides, or when a previous open repair has failed. There are many situations in which mesh is not used in hernia repairs.Bio-absorbablemesh may be used where a synthetic non-absorbable mesh needs to be avoided.
Hernia Surgery Risks
Any operation comes with potential risks. With hernia surgery, infection and bruising can occur, and rarely, can require a return to theatre. Many people notice a small patch of numbness below the wound, which usually shrinks and disappears over several months. The risk of hernia recurrence is less than 2%. More rarely, chronic pain (from nerve entrapment or inflamed sutures) can require further management.
Most people choose to have their repair under general anaesthetic, but it can be done under local anaesthetic where desirable. In order to reduce the chance of infection, formal operating theatres are used, and admission can be just for the day or require an overnight stay.