A hernia occurs when there is weakness or a “hole” in the muscular wall which allows tissue or an organ to protrude though the opening.
The traditional, open repair involves a larger incision and utilizes sutures, mesh or both.
Due to the larger size of the incision, open hernia repair generally causes increased discomfort and has a longer recovery period. However, there are situations where an open approach may be preferred.
Minimally Invasive Repair
Today, most hernias can be repaired via a laparoscopic or robot assisted approach.
As of 2010, the laparoscopic approach has replaced the open repair as the gold standard for most hernia repairs, especially those involving the inguinal (groin) area. With the improved precision and flexibility of robotic surgery, the robot assisted approach has also provided many enhancements to hernia repair, especially those involving the diaphragm (hiatal hernia).
Your surgeon will discuss these options with you during your consultation and will address any questions you may have at that time.