Inguinal hernia repair

Also known as: Hernia repair, inguinal, Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair

Surgery is the only treatment and cure for inguinal hernia. Hernia repair is one of the most common surgeries done in the United States. About 750,000 people have hernia repairs each year. But if an inguinal hernia does not cause any symptoms, it may not need treatment.

Many doctors recommend surgery to repair a hernia because it prevents strangulation, which occurs when a loop of intestine is trapped tightly in a hernia and the blood supply is cut off, killing the tissue. Strangulation requires immediate surgery, although the condition is rare in adults.

There are two types of hernia repair surgeries:

  • Open hernia repair surgery. During open surgery, the hernia is repaired through an incision in the groin.

  • Laparoscopic hernia repair. Laparoscopic hernia repair is another method for repairing an inguinal hernia in adults. A surgeon inserts a thin, lighted scope through a small incision in the abdomen. Instruments to repair the hernia are inserted through other abdominal incisions.

Providence Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Cancer Program serves patients with liver and pancreatic diseases including disorders of the liver, bile ducts, gallbladder and pancreas. Surgical procedures for these diseases are usually advanced and complicated. Special training and skill is required to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients.