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How are hernias repaired? What precautions should be taken after undergoing a hernia repair surgery?

The expression “hernia repair” refers to a surgical procedure performed to correct a hernia. Hernia repairs can be done with open or laparoscopic surgery.

You and your surgeon will discuss which type of surgery is indicated for you. The laparoscopic repair is less invasive compared to traditional procedures. Both procedures are done under general anesthesia. The recovery period after the laparoscopic surgery is shorter, and the patient may return home on the day of the surgery.

  • In an open hernia repair surgery, the surgeon makes a cut near the hernia, locates and separates and repairs the hernia.
  • In laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon makes 3 to 5 small incisions and inserts a laparoscope and other tools through the cuts to repair the hernia.

Minimally invasive hernia repair with the Da Vinci® Surgical System

Our surgeons are trained and have vast experience in performing hernia repairs with the Da Vinci® Surgical System, a new robotic platform designed to expand the surgeon’s capabilities and offer minimally invasive facilities for hernia repairs. With minimally invasive surgery the risk of complications or side-effects is lower, the recovery is much faster and the patient will experience less discomfort after the procedure.

Precautions you should take after your hernia repair

  • Rest and sleep enough to recover faster.
  • Walk each day to boost your blood flow and prevent constipation.
  • You may shower 24 to 48 hours after your hernia repair surgery.
  • Ask your doctor when you can take a bath, drive again or have sex after your surgery.
  • Avoid physical exercises and lifting heavy things until your doctor says it is okay.

The most important is to follow your doctor’s indications to have a quick and smooth recovery.

Disclaimer: We do not assume responsibility for the use of the provided information or its interpretation. Our efforts are towards providing current and reliable information; however these should not be considered, or used as a substitute for diagnosis or treatment.

Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/

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