Laparoscopic hernia repair a better tool

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Laparoscopic hernia repair a better tool

DUBAI - Hernia is one of the most common surgical problems affecting both males and females, young and old, says Dr Uday Shankar, Specialist Surgeon, Zulekha Hospital, Dubai.

By Dr Uday Shankar, Specialist Surgeon, Zulekha Hospital, ?dubai (Staff Reporter)

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Published: Sun 1 Apr 2012, 12:19 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 9:17 AM

There are many types of hernias that can occur in various areas of the body, most common type being the inguinal hernia. An inguinal hernia appears when a portion of the tissue lining the peritoneum — or abdominal cavity — pushes through a weakened area of the abdominal wall. This creates a bulge that is occupied by intra-abdominal fat or intestines in the groin or the umbilical region.

The surgery for hernia has evolved to a much safer procedure in recent times when it has been done by making an open wound of approx 5-10cm long and placing a mesh to strengthen the abdominal wall. “This repair has stood the test of time and various clinical studies have proven that this repair is safe and has minimal recurrence,” he says.

But this surgery does have its side effects of pain which limits patient’s mobility and ability to perform his/her daily activities in the early postoperative period. Also the patients are advised to restrict their activities for the initial 4-6 weeks and asked to avoid lifting weights.

Laparoscopic hernia repair offers a new and promising alternative in the repair of inguinal hernia. It has the significant advantages of any other laparoscopic surgery — much lesser pain, shorter stay in hospital and earlier return to routine daily activities.

Besides, the mesh itself is placed in between the abdominal contents and the abdominal wall, which has been proven by innumerable clinical studies to be the best place for the mesh to lie. Thus, laparoscopic hernia repair is the latest and most promising tool in the armoury of hernia surgeons.

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