The inguinal hernia is the weakness of rupture of membrane structures in the abdominal wall. It is seen in the form of soft tissue swelling in the inguinal area. Swelling becomes more significant in some cases increasing intra-abdominal pressure such as coughing, straining or heavy lifting. Swelling usually disappears in the morning but occurs again as you walk around during the day. Besides swelling, there may be a pain sometimes but it is not the same in every person. Even some hernia can be detected by chance without swelling and pain. Treatment is surgery. Surgery can be performed with closed (laparoscopic) or open technique. General or partial anesthesia may be used. An artificial patch is used in the operation. Hospitalization for one night is sufficient in the operation. It is possible to return to daily life in a short time after surgery. Your doctor can treat an inguinal hernia in two ways; with the open method or closed method. Both methods are applied to the hospital. You can return to your home in a few days. In most cases, it is possible to return to home on the same day with the operation. Closed, or laparoscopic method, causes less operation scar and accelerates recovery period. For this reason, the closed method is preferred in most cases.
Laparoscopic (Closed) Inguinal Hernia Operation
In the closed method, a few small incisions are done around the hernia instead of making a long incision as in traditional method. The operation is performed by operation tools and a laparoscope (a thin tube having a small camera at the tip) going through these incisions.