An inguinal hernia occurs when tissue bulges through a weak point in the groin muscle. To prevent complications from developing, surgery is the most common treatment for such types of hernia.
“Three decades ago, hernia repair surgery was an open procedure that required weeks of recovery,” says Kevin N. Bartow, MD, general surgeon who practices at Saint Francis Healthcare System. “Today, we can perform it laparoscopically. We make a small incision near the bellybutton, inflate the abdomen with air and insert a scope with a camera on its end and surgical instruments through the incision.”
During the procedure, the surgeon pushes the tissue back through the groin muscle and uses mesh to reinforce the abdominal wall.
“Because we are not completely cutting open the abdominal muscle, people who have had laparoscopic surgery generally are back to work within one to two weeks,” says Bartow.