Open Inguinal Hernia Repair
Open inguinal hernia repair is open surgery to return an inguinal hernia back to its origins and, to repair and strengthen a weakened abdominal wall often using a mesh.
An inguinal hernia happens when fatty tissue or a part of your bowel pokes through a weak spot in the surrounding muscle wall and allows a bulge to form in your groin at the top of your inner thigh. This hernia pushes into an area called the inguinal canal.
Inguinal hernias are the most common type of hernia and mainly occur in men. An inguinal hernia, sometimes referred to as a groin hernia, can be a lump in your groin or appear as an enlarged scrotum in men. The hernia may be painful and often emerges when you lift something and disappears when you lie down.
What is an inguinal hernia repair?
An inguinal hernia repair is an operation to put a hernia lump back into its correct place and, to strengthen your abdominal wall and prevent the hernia from reoccurring.
It is normally performed if you have hernia pain or if serious complications occur such as obstruction (a bowel section gets stuck in the inguinal canal) or strangulation (a bowel section becomes trapped so that its blood supply is cut off). Strangulation requires emergency inguinal hernia repair surgery to restore the blood supply to your bowel.
What does the operation of the inguinal hernia repairs surgery involve?
There are two types of surgery performed for an inguinal hernia repair:
- Open inguinal hernia repair surgery – one cut is made over the hernia site to allow your surgeon to push the lump back into your abdomen. A surgical mesh is usually placed over the site of your hernia to strengthen the weakened area and prevent the hernia from reoccurring. The mesh is positioned under your skin, within the muscle, and becomes scarred into your tissues.
- Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair surgery – several smaller cuts are made to allow your surgeon to insert a laparoscope (a tiny telescope attached to a video camera) and special instruments to repair the hernia. A mesh is inserted though one of these incisions and placed over the hernia in the groin.
Open inguinal hernia repair may be performed under local anaesthetic as opposed laparoscopic surgery which is normally performed under to general anaesthetic.
Your surgeon will discuss the type of surgery they recommend for your inguinal hernia.
What complications can happen after an inguinal hernia repair surgery?
Inguinal hernia repair surgery carries very few risks. Complications that may occur include: the hernia returning, a build-up of fluid or blood in the space where the hernia was, groin pain and, nerve damage. In men there is a rick of: testicle blood supply damage, vas deferens tube damage and, pain, swelling and bruising of the testicles or at the base of the penis.
What is the cost of an inguinal hernia repair surgery?
If you decide to pay for your treatment, Ramsay offer an all-inclusive Total Care package, where a single one-off payment at a pre-agreed price, delivering direct access to all the treatment you need for complete reassurance. You can also spread the cost of your treatment with finance options available.
An inguinal hernia repair surgery may be covered by your medical insurance policy. We advise you to check directly with your insurance provider and get written confirmation before commencing treatment.
How soon will I recover after an inguinal hernia repair?
You should be able to go home the same day or the day after surgery.
Most people fully recovery from inguinal hernia repair surgery within six weeks. Often patients can return to light activities, driving and, work within two weeks.
Open inguinal hernia repair with Ramsay Health Care
Inguinal hernia repairs are routine procedures at Ramsay Health Care. We can offer rapid and convenient treatment as required for the surgical repair of your inguinal hernia.
Our expert surgeons are available at a Ramsay Hospital near you to offer clear advice and perform your open inguinal hernia repair or laparoscopic inguinal repair.