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Inguinal Hernia Repair

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about an inguinal hernia repair?

An inguinal hernia repair may be done open or laparoscopically. Open means your healthcare provider will make 1 large incision and fix your hernia. Laparoscopically means your hernia will be repaired through 2 to 3 small incisions.

How do I prepare for an inguinal hernia repair?

What will happen during an inguinal hernia repair?

What will happen after an inguinal hernia repair?

Healthcare providers will monitor you until you are awake. You may be able to go home when your pain is controlled, you can drink liquids, and you can urinate. You may instead need to spend a night in the hospital. It is normal for men to have swelling or bruising in their scrotum. Women may have swelling just under the incision. You will not be able to drive or lift anything heavy for 1 to 2 weeks.

What are the risks of an inguinal hernia repair?

Your organs, blood vessels, or nerves may get injured during the surgery. You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. A pocket of fluid may form under your skin. This may heal on its own, or you may need surgery to remove it. You may have difficulty urinating after surgery. This is usually temporary. Problems, such as a hole in your intestines, may happen during your laparoscopic repair that may lead to open surgery. Even after you have this surgery, there is a chance that you could have another hernia. You may get a blood clot in your leg or arm. This may become life-threatening.

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