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Hernia FAQs

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What is a hernia?


A hernia is a bulge of soft tissue or intestine that sticks out through a separation in the muscles of the abdominal wall.

 

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How do you get a hernia?


When too much strain is put on a muscle in the abdominal wall, or if you were born with a weakness in that area, the muscles can separate and allow the tissues inside to poke through. 

 

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Will a hernia heal itself or do you have to have surgery?


With the exception of hernias in some infants, most do not heal themselves, making surgery the best treatment.

 

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What are the advantages of laparoscopic hernia repair over conventional hernia surgery?


Because laparoscopic hernia repair requires much smaller openings than conventional surgery, it is not necessary to cut through muscle or suture under tension. The patient generally has much less pain after surgery and can return to normal activity a lot sooner. Recovery time for laparoscopic hernia repair is about one week versus 4-6 weeks or more for conventional hernia surgery. Also, many surgeons believe that repairing a hernia in this way reduces the changes that the hernia will return.

 

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What happens during laparoscopic hernia repair?


Several small incisions (openings) are made in the skin near the area of the hernia to provide for the entry of trocars, or tubes, with facilitate passage of the instruments. A thin, telescope-like instrument called a laparoscope is inserted into one of the openings, allowing your physician to see clearly where the muscle wall is damaged. Surgical instruments, inserted into the other openings, are used to push the intestine back into place, and a "patch" of mesh-like material is used to reinforce the abdominal wall, and is held in place with surgical staples. 

 

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How long will I be in the hospital?


Many patients who have laparoscopic hernia repairs leave the hospital a few hours after surgery. Your surgeon will be able to tell you how long your hospital stay should be. 

 

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What can go wrong?


As with an operation, infection and bleeding can occur. Most of the time, however, these probelms are handled easily, without the need for a longer hospital stay. There is also a slight chance that the intestine or bladder could be injured during surgery. These problems are not unique to laparoscopic surgery; they can occur during conventional hernia surgery as well. Another thing that could potentially result from laparoscopic hernia is the formation of scar tissue. 

 

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How much pain should I expect after surgery?


The amount of pain varies from patient to patient and also depends on the location and type of hernia. Again, your surgeon is best able to tell you how much pain you should expect and what you can do to reduce it. Generally, however, there is much less pain with laparoscopic hernia repair than with conventional hernia surgery. 

 

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How soon will I be able to drive? Have sex? Exercise? Return to work? Eat?


It is best to speak to your surgeon about resuming these or other activities. Often, however, you can return to most of your normal activities whenever you feel ready. 

 

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