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A 48-year-old member asked:

What does an inguinal hernia repair operation entail?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
"Close the Hole": Inguinal hernias may be repaired from the "outside-in" (open) or "inside-out" (laparoscopic). Either way, the principle is the same: close the hole, usually using artificial tissue, much like patching a tire. The operation is usually done under general anesthesia as an out-patient procedure. Recovery lasts for 2-4 weeks to return to most normal activities, depending on the size of the hernia.
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 31 years experience
Many types: There are two main categories of repair - open and laparoscopic. Both are generally done as outpatient operations. The variety of open techniques are performed by about 80% is surgeons, and lap about 20%. Open techniques are slightly more painful and associated with a slightly longer recovery.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Who does inguinal hernia repair.?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
General surgeons: Inguinal hernia repair is done by mostly general surgeons, however certain general surgeons will do only hernia surgery only.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What exactly is an inguinal hernia repair?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
"Fix a Flat": An inguinal hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining stretches out, creating a sac. In kids, all that's needed is removal of the sac. In adult (men), the current standard is to close the hole with mesh, either from the outside-in (open, or traditional repair) or the inside-out (laparoscopic). Either way, it is out-patient surgery with a 3-6 week recovery 2 full activities.

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