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Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center

1325 S Cliff Avenue
P.O. Box 5045
Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5045
605-322-8000

Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair

A hernioplasty is a procedure that repairs a hernia in the abdominal wall of your groin. During a hernia repair, your surgeon will make 3 or 4 small incisions in your lower abdomen and insert a laparoscope. The laparoscope, a thin tube with a tiny camera, allows the surgeon to see inside the area and repair the bulging tissue. The tissue is pushed back in and your abdominal wall is strengthened and supported with stitches and/or mesh.

Alternative Names

Herniorrhaphy; Hernioplasty – inguinal

Procedure Overview

Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia RepairWhy the Procedure is Performed

Your physician may recommend having a hernia repair surgery if you frequently experience pain or your hernia bothers you during your daily activities. If your hernia is not causing you problems, you may not need surgery. However, hernias do not typically go away by themselves, and they may get larger.

Before Surgery

Before the procedure

Always make sure to tell your doctor or nurse if you are or could be pregnant. Also communicate what drugs you are currently taking, as well as any drugs or herbs you have bought without a prescription.

During the week before your surgery

  • Ask your doctor what drugs you should still take on the day of the surgery.
  • You may be asked to stop taking drugs that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), Plavix, warfarin (Coumadin), Aleve, and other drugs similar to these.

On the day of the surgery

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery.
  • Take the drugs your doctor advised you to take with a small sip of water.
  • Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the procedure.

    After Surgery

    After the procedure

    A majority of patients can get out of bed within an hour or so of surgery. Most can go home the same day, but others require an overnight stay in the hospital. Some men may experience issues passing urine after hernia surgery. If you have problems urinating, you may need a catheter in your bladder for a short period of time.

    The outcome of this procedure is generally very good. The hernia returns in less than 3 out of 100 patients who have this surgery.

    Risks

    • Damage to the nerves, as well as blood vessels or organs
    • Damage to the testicles, if a blood vessel connected to them is harmed
    • Long-term pain in the incision area
    • Return of the hernia

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    Hernia Surgery - Laparoscopic

    The surgery information on this page is intended as an informational resource only. Each patient and surgical situation is different. Patients should discuss details of a surgery, recovery and pain management with their doctor(s).

    The information provided above should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies.

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