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Understanding Inguinal/Femoral Hernioplasty

Inguinal and femoral hernias occur when tissue, such as part of the intestine, protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. Inguinal hernias are located in the groin area, while femoral hernias appear just below the groin. Hernioplasty is a surgical procedure to repair these hernias. This surgery can be performed using either laparoscopic (LAP) or open surgical techniques.

Indications for Hernioplasty

Hernioplasty is recommended for patients with inguinal or femoral hernias that are causing symptoms such as pain, discomfort, or bulging. It is also performed to prevent potential complications such as:

  • Incarceration: When the herniated tissue becomes trapped and cannot be pushed back into the abdomen.
  • Strangulation: When the blood supply to the herniated tissue is cut off, leading to tissue death and requiring emergency surgery.

Types of Hernioplasty Procedures
There are two primary techniques for performing hernioplasty: laparoscopic and open surgery.

  • Laparoscopic Hernioplasty:
    • Minimally Invasive: This technique uses small incisions and a laparoscope (a thin, flexible tube with a camera and light) to repair the hernia.
    • Procedure: The surgeon makes a few small incisions in the abdomen, inserts the laparoscope, and uses specialized instruments to repair the hernia with mesh. The mesh reinforces the weakened area, preventing recurrence.
    • Recovery: Patients typically experience less pain, smaller scars, and a faster recovery compared to open surgery.
  • Open Hernioplasty:
    • Traditional Approach: This technique involves a larger incision directly over the hernia site.
    • Procedure: The surgeon makes an incision, pushes the protruding tissue back into the abdomen, and reinforces the weakened area with stitches or mesh.
    • Recovery: Open surgery may involve a longer recovery period and more post-operative pain compared to laparoscopic surgery.

The Hernioplasty Procedure
The choice between laparoscopic and open hernioplasty depends on factors such as the size and location of the hernia, the patient’s overall health, and the surgeon’s recommendation.

  • Preparation: Patients receive pre-operative instructions, including fasting guidelines and medication adjustments.
  • Surgical Technique: Depending on the chosen method, the surgeon makes the necessary incisions, repairs the hernia, and places the mesh to reinforce the area.
  • Duration: The procedure usually takes about 1 to 2 hours.
  • Completion: Once the hernioplasty is complete, the incisions are closed with sutures or surgical glue, and dressings are applied.

Recovery and Post-Operative Care
Recovery following hernioplasty varies depending on the surgical technique used. Our team at Neo TrueNorth provides detailed post-operative care instructions, including:

  • Pain Management: Recommendations for managing any discomfort with over-the-counter or prescribed pain medications.
  • Wound Care: Instructions on keeping the incision clean and dry, changing dressings, and monitoring for signs of infection.
  • Activity Restrictions: Guidance on avoiding strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and excessive straining for a specified period.
  • Follow-Up Care: Scheduling follow-up appointments to monitor healing and discuss any concerns.

Potential Risks and Complications
As with any surgical procedure, hernioplasty carries certain risks and potential complications, including:

  • Infection: At the incision site, which may require antibiotics.
  • Bleeding or Hematoma: Collection of blood at the surgical site.
  • Recurrence: The hernia may recur, requiring additional surgery.
  • Pain or Numbness: In the groin or thigh area.
  • Seroma: Collection of fluid at the surgical site.

Why Choose Neo TrueNorth for Your Hernioplasty?

  • Experienced Surgeons: Our board-certified surgeons specialize in hernia repairs and have extensive experience performing both laparoscopic and open hernioplasties with precision and care.
  • Advanced Diagnostic Tools: Neo TrueNorth is equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic technology to accurately identify and evaluate hernias.
  • Personalized Care: We provide individualized care plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs and health status, ensuring the best possible outcomes.
  • Comprehensive Support: Our multidisciplinary team offers comprehensive support, including pre-operative counseling, post-operative care, and follow-up consultations, to ensure a positive surgical experience.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: Neo TrueNorth is equipped with modern surgical facilities and the latest technology to provide safe and successful hernioplasty procedures in a comfortable environment.

Trust Neo TrueNorth for expert care in inguinal and femoral hernioplasty procedures. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about your treatment options.

Meet Our Experts

Dr Venkataramana

General Surgeon

Dr Shiva Kumar

General Surgeon,Proctologist,Bariatric Surgeon,Laparoscopic Surgeon

Dr Poornima Parasuraman

General Surgeon

Dr Kiran.K.J

General Surgeon,Laparoscopic Surgeon,Bariatric Surgeon