A hernia is usually caused by a weakening of the abdominal wall causing a bulge or tear in the abdominal wall. Different types of hernias can occur. The bulge or protrusion may be seen at the site of the hernia. When there is a tear occasionally a loop of intestine or tissue may push through the tear. This can cause severe pain and other potential serious problems.
Most hernias require surgical intervention. Laparoscopic hernia repair is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to repair the hernia. A laparoscope, a long slender instrument that contains a tiny camera on the end, is used to see the hernia and surrounding tissue on a video screen. Usually a patch (mesh) is placed over the weakened area to reinforce the muscle layer and repair the hernia.
You can expect to have three small abdominal incisions after surgery usually covered with a small band-aid. Most patients experience a minimal amount of pain/discomfort after surgery. When cleared by your physician you will be able to get out of bed and walk, begin to start eating, and be discharged home.