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When a ventral hernia occurs, it usually arises in the abdominal wall where a previous surgical incision had been made. In this area, the abdominal muscles have weakened; this results in a bulge or a tear. In the same way that an inner tube pushes through a damaged tire, the inner lining of the abdomen pushes through the weakened area of the abdominal wall to form a balloon-like sac.

This weakened area can allow a loop of intestines or other abdominal contents to push into the sac. If the abdominal contents get stuck within the sac, they can become trapped or what is medically-termed, “incarcerated.” If this occurs, it could lead to potentially dangerous problems and the need for emergency surgery.


What is a laparoscopic ventral hernia repair?

Laparoscopic ventral hernia repair is a minimally invasive technique that uses small incisions (keyhole) and a tiny camera and surgical instruments to repair tears or openings in the abdominal wall. The camera, a laparoscope, is inserted into the abdomen, providing visual images to our surgeon who will repair the hernia with a patch (screen or mesh) to reinforce the abdominal wall.

How does the procedure work?

The surgeon makes three to five small cuts in your lower abdomen. Next, a medical device called a laparoscope is inserted through one of the incisions. The scope is a thin, lighted tube with a camera on end, which allows the surgeon to see within your abdomen. With the camera, the hernia is located and separated from the surrounding tissue.

Our surgeon gently returns the bulging area of the intestine to where it belongs. The surgeon will only repair the intestines if damaged. Strong stitches will be used to repair the hole or weak spot caused by the hernia. Our surgeon may also apply a piece of surgical mesh over the vulnerable area to strengthen it. While the mesh may reduce the risk of the hernia coming back, it is optional. Please discuss the risks and benefits of using surgical mesh with our surgeon.

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What happens if the ventral hernia repair cannot be performed or completed by the laparoscopic method?

In a small number of patients, the laparoscopic method is not appropriate. Factors that may increase the possibility of choosing or converting to the “open” procedure may include obesity, a history of prior abdominal surgery causing dense scar tissue, the inability to visualize organs, or bleeding problems occurring during the procedure.

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How long does it take to recover?

Due to the laparoscopic (small incisions) technique used, recovery time is tremendously shortened! Most people can walk an hour after surgery. You will probably be able to return to your normal activities within two weeks.

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FAQ

How long do the results last?

This procedure is meant to be a permanent solution. However, patient compliance is key to your success! It is impossible to guarantee the outcome of any procedure, as it depends on numerous factors.

What are the benefits of laparoscopic ventral hernia repair?

A major benefit of using this technique is that you will be able to return to your daily activities much faster!

What are the alternatives to this procedure?

Open repair of a hernia requires a larger incision, is less expensive, may involve more pain and longer recovery.

Robotic repair of a hernia also uses small incisions, and a robotic tool helps to simplify the technique, which is an advantage in cases of complex hernias. It is more expensive, may involve less pain and shorter recovery.

What are the risks associated with this procedure?

This procedure is considered to be generally safe. Complications are uncommon.

Is the procedure painful?

During the procedure, you will not feel any pain as you will be under general anesthesia. However, after the surgery, you can expect some soreness, mostly during the first 24 to 48 hours. After two weeks, most of the uncomfortable sensations should have subsided.

How much does this procedure cost?

The cost of the procedure will vary due to multiple factors such as the use of mesh, the size of the hernia, previous hernia repair, body weight, and other issues. Visit our pricing page. Call us and find out today!

If you are interested in Laparoscopic ventral hernia repair, call our office today and speak with one of our coordinators.

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