How is Laparoscopic Femoral Hernia Repair Performed?
Femoral hernia surgery performed this way is normally done as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. During the procedure, one small incision is made for the laparoscope, a special lighted scope attached to a camera that provides visual guidance for the GI doctor performing the operation. Additional small incisions are made for other surgical instruments.
The weakened part of the muscle lining where tissues are pushing through (hernia sac) is then isolated. If the tear or defect is small, it may be corrected with sutures. Mesh material is normally used for muscle wall tears that are larger. While this is the standard procedure for larger tears, it may not be used on patients with an underlying condition that prevents the use of mesh material.
After the defect is corrected, the special surgical instruments are removed. Sutures are usually used to close the small incisions. They are normally removed during a follow-up visit and replaced with either a special type of glue or steri-strips (sticky bandages).