What to Expect
The first step is administering general anesthesia to the patient. The surgeon will then make the proper incisions in the abdominal area. They will use laparoscopic technology to make the proper repairs to alleviate the hernia. If there is more than one hernia, they can often be repaired at the same time.
The procedure may take two hours or longer, depending on the extent of the surgery. In most cases, patients will go to recovery for a couple of hours and then be able to go home the same day.
Risks & Recovery
Most patients will recover in about four weeks. After four weeks, they can usual resume strenuous activities and exercise. However, many can go back to work after two weeks as long as their job is not highly physically demanding.
Like all surgeries, there are possible risks that all patients should be informed about, including:
- General anesthesia complications
- Damage to the epididymis
- Bladder injury or urinary retention
- Formation of scar tissue
- Pain or numbness in the upper leg
- Hernia recurrence
- Scrotal hematomas or seromas
Patients should work with their doctor to ensure that they are prepared for the procedure. Follow all recovery instructions to help reduce the risk of complications.