Treatment of Inguinal Hernia
- An inguinal hernia, more commonly referred to as a “groin hernia,” is by far the most common type of henia. Groin is the area between your abdomen and thigh as shown in the photograph below.
- An inguinal hernia occurs when there is a tear in the abdominal wall muscles which results in a bulge. This bulge consists of the intestines and fatty tissue.
- An inguinal hernia is typically more visible when straining or coughing. It may also disappear when you are lying down. however, in long standing hernia sometimes the lump might not disappear on its own and to reduce it someone has to gently push it inside.
Treatment of inguinal hernia
- Inguinal hernias are a defect that need to be closed and will never heal independently or “just go away.” No other modality or diet or exercise can cure hernia. The only solution for the treatment of inguinal hernia is surgical correction.
We perform state-of-the-art techniques in hernia repair resulting in the lowest rates of postoperative pain, post-operative problems, and recurrence. Our tension-free technique ensures that each patient receives specialized care that caters to the individual’s needs, rather than a “one size fits all” hernia repair. Each hernia repair surgery will be tailored according to patient’s hernia size, physical activity level, and work situation.
Types of surgery:
Inguinal hernia can usually be treated in 3 ways
- Open Mesh Repair
- Laparoscopic Total Extra Peritoneal Repair (TEP Repair)
- Laparoscopic Trans-abdominal Preperitoneal Repair (TAPP Repair)
Open Mesh Repair
- During an open repair surgical procedure, we will make an incision (approx. 5-6 cm) through the skin in the area of your groin.
- Through this incision, the hernia will be moved back into its original place inside the abdomen.
- Synthetic mesh will be placed to strengthen the closure.
Laparoscopic Total Extra Peritoneal Repair (TEP Repair)
- This is the procedure of our choice and technically most demanding among all the three procedures.
- The procedure does not violate the peritoneal cavity and there is no contact with the bowel, thereby minimizing the chances of post-operative bowel adhesion.
- Can repair the hernia on both sides with the same cuts.
- The repair is done using 3 small cuts about 1 cm in size with the help of telescopic camera and long thin instruments. The best part is that both sides of hernia can be repaired using the same incisions.
- A large mesh will be placed to provide better support and optimal repair of hernia.
Laparoscopic Trans-abdominal Preperitoneal Repair (TAPP Repair)
- We perform this procedure in selected individuals.
- This procedure is performed by entering into the abdomen due to which there is contact with the bowel. As a result, there is a small chance of bowel adhesion (1-2%).
- Provides all the benefits of laparoscopic surgery and technically easier to perform as compared to TEP repair.