Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery involves very small incisions made in the abdominal wall to enable a camera and specialist keyhole instruments to be inserted. These instruments are then used to carry out the surgery.
Laparoscopic surgery does have a role in hernia repair in select cases but it is not necessarily the best way to repair all hernias. It is essential that surgeons carrying out laparoscopic hernia repair are highly trained and very experienced, otherwise there is a higher risk of complications – including damage to the bowel. For some hernias, there is little advantage to a keyhole approach because there is no difference in time in hospital, post-operative pain, and time to recovery.
Surgeons at the Berkshire Hernia Centre are highly trained and experienced surgeons who are able to offer laparoscopic hernia repair in certain circumstances. These include;
1. When there has been a previous repair and the hernia has come back (recurred)
2. When there are hernias on each side (bilateral)
3. For certain types of incisional hernia