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Dr. Steve is a caring person, a very competent surgeon and an all-around good guy. And, when he is not caring for his patients until the wee hours of the evening, you might find him scoring goals at the Braemar Arena in Edina!
- Jim O.

Laparoscopic vs. Open Repair

Hernias can be caused by previous surgery, birth defects or weakness of the muscle. There are no drug treatments for hernias. Open hernia surgery and laparoscopic hernia surgery are the two procedures used to repair hernias. 

Open hernia repair requires an incision that cuts through the abdominal wall. The contents of the hernia are pushed back in place and a mesh patch is stitched over the area to strengthen the weak spot where the hernia was able to push through. Open hernia repair can be done under general or local anesthesia. There is a greater potential for pain, blood loss and infection, along with longer recovery times for this procedure.  

Laparoscopic hernia repair is a minimally invasive surgery that uses several tiny abdominal incisions that allow small tubes, with a camera (called a laparoscope) and other long medical tools to access the hernia-affected area. Laparoscopic hernia repair must be done while the patient is under general anesthesia. Advantages of laparoscopic hernia repair include:
  • Reduced postoperative pain
  • If hernias are on both sides, both can be repaired with no additional incisions 
  • Shorter recovery times/Ability to return to work sooner
  • Less chance of infection
  • Smaller scars from surgery
  • Repair of recurrent hernias are often easier

Laparoscopic hernia repair is not available for all patients as excessive scar tissue from previous surgeries and certain medications, such as blood thinners, may make laparoscopic surgery difficult or unsafe. 

The hernia repair specialists at Maple Grove Surgical Specialists will educate you on which approach is best suited for your situation. Contact our office to schedule a consultation and to learn more about the available hernia treatment options.

To learn more about what a hernia is, types of hernias, hernia causes, risks of hernia repair, benefits of hernia repair, types of hernia repair and hernia recovery steps, watch the video below.