At Laparoscopic Surgical Center of New York, Dr. Brian Katz treats hernias using minimally invasive surgical techniques. Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair can be performed on our New York, NY patients, providing them with a safe and effective treatment that requires little recovery time. For those who are looking to treat hernias quickly and effectively, laparoscopic surgery may be the most appropriate treatment option.
What Is an Inguinal Hernia?
A hernia is a condition in which fatty tissues or intestinal tissues push up against, or through, the abdominal wall. Inguinal hernias are those that develop in the inguinal canal, which is located in the groin area at the base of the abdomen. Inguinal hernias appear as bulges near the pubic area. These bulges are often more noticeable when a person is standing up or coughing. In men, inguinal hernias may cause swelling in the scrotum.
Although hernias do not always result in symptoms, patients may experience the following:
- Pain, especially when coughing, bending over, or exercising
- A burning sensation
- A heavy feeling in the groin
Patients who suspect they may have developed a hernia should seek treatment as soon as possible. Early treatment can prevent further protrusion of the hernia.
Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
Unfortunately, hernias will not improve on their own. Surgery is the only way to effectively treat inguinal hernias. To minimize the risks and downtime associated with traditional hernia surgery, Dr. Katz performs laparoscopic hernia repair. This is a minimally invasive surgical technique that uses a much smaller incision.
When performing laparoscopic repair surgery, Dr. Katz will make a small incision near the belly button. Dr. Katz will use this incision to place a mesh screen in the abdominal wall. This mesh will strengthen the abdominal muscles and prevent further protrusion of the hernia. When the mesh has been placed, the incision will be closed. The entire procedure can typically be performed in less than two hours.
Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair is an outpatient procedure. Patients are usually able to return home within four to five hours after surgery. This technique results in far less blood loss than traditional hernia surgery and allows for a much shorter (and more comfortable) recovery. Patients will need to rest for the first day or two after surgery, but most are able to resume their usual activities in less than a week.