Baddow Hospital perform three types of Hernia Surgery:
1. Open Mesh Repair
The most commonly performed repair is a mesh repair where an incision is made in the groin and the hernia bulge is found, tied off and a synthetic mesh placed around it to strengthen the abdominal wall and prevent it happening again. This surgery is generally carried out under general anaesthetic.
However, an inguinal hernia repair can be made under a local anaesthetic if this is your preference or if you are advised to do so because of your particular circumstances.
2. Laparoscopic Hernia Repair (TAPP)
With a Transabdominal Pre-Peritoneal Repair (TAPP) a small incision is made and a telescope inserted into your abdomen so the hernia sac can be identified. The hernia sac is tidied away and mesh placed behind the peritoneum to close the hernia hole.
The fundamental difference between a TAPP and TEP will be explained to you by your Consultant Surgeon but, in simple terms, the TAPP procedure involves more activity inside your abdomen whereas the TEP procedure has the advantage of less abdominal activity but is slightly more complicated.
3. Endoscopic Hernia Repair (TEP)
Totally Extaperitoneal Repair (TEP) is a minimal access technique where a small incision is made below the umbilicus and a camera is passed into a space behind the abdominal muscles but in front of the peritoneum (the difference between a TAPP). The hernia sac is then tidied away and a mesh is placed over the hernia hole.
This is a more complicated procedure than the TAPP repair but generally has less post-operative pain and complications than an open repair. The TEP technique is not commonly used for exceptionally large hernias.
Where required, , General Surgeon at Baddow Hospital, can perform a hernia procedure under local anaesthetic. Please call for more information.Our Hernia Repiar Consultants
Your Baddow Hospital Consultant Surgeon will give you advice about which medication needs to be continued or stopped prior to the procedure but generally:
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the night before, although you may take small sips of water until about two hours before your operation.
- You will need to be accompanied home by an adult and you should not drive yourself.