What is a hernia?
A hernia is when an organ or fatty tissue protrudes through the fascia (muscle / surrounding tissue). It typically occurs in the following places:
- inner groin (inguinal)
- outer groin (femoral)
- belly button (umbilical)
- upper stomach (hiatal)
What is a hernia repair?
A hernia repair is the surgical correction of a hernia. There are two main approaches to this type of surgery:
- Open surgery: This is when the surgeon accesses the hernia by making an incision directly above it.
- Laporoscopically (closed): This is when the surgeon accesses the hernia using minimally invasive camera equipment, making an incision to the side of the hernia.
What is the recovery time for hernia repair?
Hernia repair is a common procedure and can often be done in an out-patient setting, such as a surgery center. Patients can typically return home the same day and recovery time is around 3 weeks, after which you can return to light activities. After an additional 3 weeks (6 weeks total), most patients can return to full activity.