Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair

Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair is performed through 3 small incisions (12mm, 5mm, and 5mm) on the lower midline of the abdominal wall. A high definition video telescope is used to gently expose the hernia from inside of the abdominal wall.


In a TEP (Total extraperitoneal) procedure this exposure of the hernia may be outside of the peritoneum (the bag like covering of the abdominal organs).


In a TAPP (TransAbdominal PrePeritoneal) procedure this exposure is initially inside the peritoneum and ultimately the repair is similar by virtue of the mesh being placed outside of the peritoneum (extraperitoneal).


Advantages of Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair


    • Often less painful than open procedures
    • Faster and Easier return to work and sports
    • Decreased risk of infection
    • Cosmetically more acceptable incisions

    Key Points about Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair


    • General anesthesia
    • 3 very small incisions
    • High definition video camera behind abdominal wall
    • Mesh placed to patch the hernia defect from the inside of the abdominal wall
    • Wounds closed with absorbable suture
    • Surgical time 40-60 minutes