Inguinal hernias are found in your groin and are by far the most common type of hernia. They are classically more common in men than women.
In simple terms, an inguinal hernia is a weakness in your abdomen’s muscle wall, allowing your abdomen (peritoneum) to bulge through.
This bulge – or inguinal hernia – can be quite uncomfortable, especially when standing or exercising. Sometimes, the hernia can become jammed and cause complications requiring emergency surgery, which is why our specialist Consultant Surgeons recommend early diagnosis and treatment.
There are two kinds of inguinal hernias: indirect or direct, with the majority being indirect. Both forms require the same treatment.
Inguinal Hernia Treatment
Inguinal hernias can be treated either by Open Mesh Repair, Laparoscopic Surgery or Endoscopic Surgery – your Consultant Surgeon can advise you on the best method for your own particular circumstance.
Open Mesh Hernia Repair is the most commonly performed inguinal hernia treatment and is usually 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’re advised to do so.
Laparoscopic Hernia Repair is also referred to as a Transabdominal Pre-Peritonal Repair – TAPP for short. Carried out under general anaesthetic, a telescope is used to identify the position of the hernia. Generally, laparoscopic treatment for a hernia is recommended rather than Open Mesh as recovery times are quicker and there’s less post-operative discomfort.
Additionally, with a Laparoscopic Hernia Repair, your Consultant Surgeon can evaluate whether you are likely to suffer from an inguinal hernia on the other side of your groin. If the opposite side looks weak, your surgeon can rectify this at the same time, saving you time, money and future discomfort.
Endoscopic Hernia Repair, also known as a Totally Extaperitoneal Repair or TEP, is a minimal access technique.
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 and generally involves less post-operative pain and complications – but is slightly more complicated.