What course of action will the doctor recommend before my surgery date?
Depending on your specific needs, the doctor will prescribe one or more treatments to help alleviate your discomfort. Over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen manage pain, while a procedure called a "reduction" actually physically pushes the herniated tissue back into its original position. Sometimes, the doctor will recommend use of a "truss," or elastic belt, to keep the hernia in place until surgery can be performed.
While these methods will provide short-term relief, the only way to heal your hernia is through surgery. Laparoscopic surgery involves less pain, smaller incisions, and longer-lasting results than other forms of hernia repair.
What happens during a laparoscopic procedure?
"Laparoscopic" refers to the tiny, lighted scope inserted into a very small incision below the navel. After you've been given general anesthesia, the doctor will inflate the abdomen and illuminate the area using this scope while other instruments reposition the hernia and reinforce the weak tissue with flexible mesh.
Because of the minimally invasive nature of laparoscopic surgery, most of our patients return home the same day and experience minimal discomfort during a 1-2 week recovery time. The doctor will recommend that particularly active patients wait about four weeks before resuming their normal activity levels.
Why opt for laparoscopic surgery?
Hernias are treated most effectively when they're treated early, and laparoscopic hernia repair allows the doctor to stop a small hernia from becoming a large problem. The long-term benefits of laparoscopic surgery mean that you'll recover faster, more easily, and with the assurance that your risk of future hernias has been greatly reduced.