Laparoscopic Hernia Repair in Phoenix, AZ
A laparoscopic hernia repair is a minimally invasive procedure to fix tears in the abdominal wall (muscle) using small incisions, a camera, and a surgical mesh patch.
Your surgeon will determine if you are a candidate for this procedure or will require a more traditional open surgical approach.
How Do Hernias Happen?
When muscles have been strained and do not have the strength to maintain their structure, they can tear. When the muscles or tissues that hold organs in their place tear, organs can slip out of their place. This is called a hernia. There are many different classifications of a hernia, including:
Can I Prevent Hernias?
Not smoking, having strong muscles, and being in good shape are all common ways to prevent hernias. Since they are caused by straining, make sure that you exercise regularly. Other things that help prevent hernias:
- Don’t smoke. Hiatal and inguinal hernias can be caused by excessive coughing.
- If you work in an environment that requires heavy lifting, make sure you lift properly to avoid herniating.
- If you experience any symptoms of a Hernia, see a doctor immediately. Do not rely on a hernia to heal by itself – it can get worse and you may suffer harsher symptoms and require more elaborate surgery.
In most cases, treatment for hernias requires surgery. Certain types of hernias can be treated with lifestyle changes, medication, or therapies, but it is more common to get a surgery done to fix a hernia.
What are the Advantages of Laparoscopic Hernia Repair?
Having a hernia repaired via minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery can provide the following benefits:
- Reduced post-operative pain
- Shortened or no hospital stay
- Faster return to work and normal activities due to quicker healing
- Reduced potential for infection (less surface area of the incision)
- Improved cosmetic results (Less scarring)
Learn More About Laparoscopic Hernia Repair Surgery
The laparoscopic hernia repair procedure uses a laparoscope with a camera that transmits images from your abdomen to a viewing screen to guide the surgeon in using the surgical instruments to make the repair.
A harmless gas is injected into your abdomen to inflate it to provide more room for the surgeon to work as well view of the surgical site. Three or four one quarter inch incisions are usually necessary for placement of the laparoscope and surgical instruments.
The hernia is then repaired from behind the abdominal wall and includes the placement of a small piece of surgical mesh over the hernia defect which is held in place with small surgical staples. This operation is usually performed with general anesthesia or occasionally with regional or spinal anesthesia.