Surgical Services & Procedures

Laparoscopic Hernia Repair

Laparoscopic Hernia Repair is a minimally invasive procedure to fix tears in the abdominal wall (muscle) using small incisions, a camera and a surgical mesh patch. Our expert surgeons will determine if you are a candidate for this procedure or if your condition requires a more traditional open surgical approach.

Advantages of Laparoscopic Hernia Repair

Having a hernia repaired via minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery can provide the following benefits:

  • Reduced postoperative pain
  • Shortened or no hospital stay
  • Faster return to work and normal activities
  • Reduced potential for infection
  • Improved cosmetic results

About the procedure

A laparoscopic hernia repair procedure uses a laparoscope with a camera that transmits images from your abdomen to a viewing screen to guide the surgeon in using the surgical instruments to make the repair.

A harmless gas (carbon dioxide) is gently placed into your abdomen to inflate it and provide enough room for our surgeons to work. Three or four one quarter inch incisions are usually necessary for placement of the laparoscope and surgical instruments.

The hernia is then repaired from behind the abdominal wall and includes the placement of a small piece of surgical mesh over the hernia defect which is then secured in place. This operation is usually performed with a short general anesthesia.

The surgeons of Surgical Associates of La Jolla are recognized experts with more than 60 combined years of experience in complex and advanced hernia repairs.