Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair in NYC

Doctors performing a laparoscopic hernia repair

What is laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair?

Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair is a minimally invasive hernia surgery that is performed by making a few small incisions in the abdomen, approximately a quarter of an inch in length, through which your doctor can view your inguinal hernia, make appropriate corrections, and reinforce your abdominal wall to prevent recurrent hernias. This surgery is usually performed to alleviate pain and discomfort, for cosmetic reasons, or to prevent a strangulated or incarcerated hernia, which can become life-threatening.

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Why choose Dr. Reiner

If you require a laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair, schedule a consultation with the best hernia repair surgeon in NYC, Dr. Mark Reiner. Dr. Reiner has performed over 2,500 successful hernia surgeries and is internationally recognized as a leader in laparoscopic hernia repair. Using minimally invasive techniques, Dr. Reiner can treat your inguinal hernia with less pain, less scarring, faster recovery time, and a lower chance of recurring hernias than the traditional method.

Why is laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair performed?

Surgery is performed to alleviate pain and discomfort, prevent incarceration or strangulation, and correct cosmetically displeasing issues seen with a large defect. Very small asymptomatic defects can be followed non-surgically, but upwards of 70% of these patients will require repair within two years. The following symptoms of an inguinal hernia may warrant a discussion with Dr. Reiner to determine whether surgical intervention is right for you:

  • Noticeable bulge in abdomen
  • Pain when lifting objects
  • Feeling of fullness in the abdomen
  • Inability to pass bowels / constipation
  • Nausea
  • Aching or burning sensation in the lower abdomen, groin, or upper inner thigh

What does laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair involve?

Before laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair with mesh, you will be given general anesthesia to reduce any discomfort. During the procedure, your surgeon will make several very small incisions, usually just below your belly button. Then, a laparoscope (a small tool that allows your doctor to view the inside of your body and internal organs), is inserted into your abdomen by your doctor. Using the laparoscope to guide the repair, your physician will then repair the hernia(s) and reinforce the abdominal wall.

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What to expect during recovery

Laparoscopic inguinal hernia surgery is an ambulatory procedure. Patients return home a few hours after surgery and usually recover within one to two weeks. The average time until returning to work after the surgery is three days and the average time until a patient resumes significant physical activity (e.g., running, biking, gym) is 3.8 days. The incision needed for laparoscopic surgery is much smaller than with open hernia repair surgery, making scarring typically less visible after surgery.

Benefits of undergoing laparoscopic surgery with Dr. Mark Reiner?

There are numerous cosmetic and medical reasons for choosing to undergo laparoscopic inguinal hernia surgery with Dr. Reiner, including the following:

  • Less pain than traditional hernia repair surgery
  • Lower chance of a recurring hernia if done in experienced hands
  • Can repair multiple hernias with the same three small incisions
  • Involves smaller incisions
  • May cause less scarring than traditional hernia repair
  • Quicker recovery time, return to work and full unrestricted activity

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If you are suffering from an inguinal hernia, you may be a good candidate for minimally invasive inguinal hernia repair. Dr. Mark Reiner is a top surgeon in the field of minimally invasive hernia repair, and has performed thousands of successful hernia operations. Contact Dr. Reiner today by calling 212.879.6677 or filling out the form on this page.

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