Hernia is a condition characterized by the bulging of the abdominal tissue from the abdominal wall. Surgery is the mainstay for treating hernias. Both laparoscopic and open hernia repair are effective in treating hernia. However, in some cases, the surgeon prefers open repair to laparoscopic hernia repair surgery. Open repair surgery effectively treats all types of hernias, such as groin hernia, ventral hernia, flank hernia, and incisional hernia.
Open hernia repair is a surgical procedure used to treat hernias. It involves making an incision near the affected area and repairing the weakened or torn muscles through sutures, mesh placement, or both.
The duration of open hernia repair surgery depends on various factors such as the size and complexity of the hernia. On average, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours.
Yes, most often, open hernia repairs are conducted under general anesthesia. This ensures that you are completely asleep during the procedure and do not feel any pain.
The recovery period varies for each individual but typically ranges from a few days to several weeks. You may be advised to avoid strenuous activities for a certain period and gradually resume normal activities as guided by your surgeon.
Open hernia repair surgery is recommended over laparoscopic surgery if the patient has significant tissue bulging with weakened muscles. While laparoscopic surgery allows the insertion of only a single mesh, open hernia repair surgery allows the surgeon to place two meshes for better muscle support.
Patients with current tobacco use, coagulopathy, obesity (BMI >35), and a history of allergy to anesthesia are not recommended to undergo open hernia repair surgery.