A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through the weakened tissue or muscle that holds it in place. Hernias can happen anywhere in the body, but the most typical sites are the groin (inguinal hernia), the belly button (umbilical hernia), and stomach (ventral hernia). A hernia may develop quickly or over time as excess strain is placed on a weak muscle. Risk factors for a hernia include a family history of hernias, obesity, chronic coughing, chronic constipation, heavy weight lifting, and smoking. Hernias can cause a visible bulge as well as pain, weakness, and a burning sensation. While smaller hernias may be treated with lifestyle changes or medication, surgery is usually needed for larger hernias or patients who are in pain. At Arizona Premier Surgery, we perform minimally invasive laparoscopic hernia repair surgery for a faster recovery.
Common Reasons for Surgery
Inguinal (groin) hernias
Inguinal hernias account for about 70% of all hernias and occur more typically in men. The inguinal canal is in the groin and holds up either the testicles or uterus. If the canal does not close properly after a man's testicles descend, this weakens the area and makes it prone to hernias.
Umbilical (belly button) hernias
Umbilical hernias occur in babies under 6 months old when the intestines create a bulge near the belly button. If an umbilical hernia has not corrected itself by the time the child is 1 year old, surgery is typically performed.
Ventral or Incisional (abdominal wall) hernias
Ventral hernias can occur anywhere in the abdominal wall. Many ventral hernias are caused when a healed incision from a previous surgery causes weakened abdominal muscles and tissue. A ventral hernia may also be caused by a congenital defect that causes the walls of the stomach to be extremely thin.
About Hernia Repair Surgery
A laparoscopic hernia repair may be performed with local or general anesthesia depending on the size and location of the hernia, but most take about 1 hour. Once the patient is ready, the surgeon will make a 3 – 4-inch incision near the hernia and insert the laparoscope so the surgeon can see and repair the hernia. The hernia may be repaired with surgical mesh or sutures to strengthen the muscle or tissue and prevent the hernia from re-occurrence. Compared to traditional open hernia repair surgery, laparoscopic hernia repair typically causes less pain and recovery time for the patient, as well as improved results.
What to Expect
Most patients will be able to have their laparoscopic hernia repair surgery on an outpatient basis, so they will be observed for a few hours before they are released to recover in the comfort of their own home. Patients may feel sore for 1 – 2 days after their surgery, but are encouraged to walk as soon as possible after surgery to improve their blood flow for faster healing. Most patients will be able to perform their normal activities within 2 - 3 weeks of surgery, but should hold off on exercise or strenuous activity until cleared by their doctor. Patients should schedule a follow-up appointment with their doctor about 2 weeks after their surgery.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hour
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Advanced Surgical Care
When performed by a skilled, experienced surgeon like the board-certified surgeons at Arizona Premier Surgery, laparoscopic hernia repair is very safe and effective. If lifestyle changes and medication are not relieving the pain and symptoms of your hernia, schedule a consultation to learn more about laparoscopic hernia repair surgery for a faster recovery and relief.