Clínica Universidad de Navarra
Unilateral inguinal hernioplasty (open surgery)
Hernioplasty is the surgery that repairs an inguinal hernia.
The procedure can be performed by open surgery or laparoscopic surgery, depending on the characteristics of the patient and the size of the hernia.
The unilateral hernia repair can be performed under local or general anesthesia.
Both techniques involve the insertion of a strengthening mesh to strengthen the abdominal wall.
Open surgery requires an incision in the groin area to remove the hernia sac. The open procedure usually lasts about 30 minutes and is performed under local anesthesia.
Laparoscopic surgery requires three or four small incisions for the medical tools. It is usually performed under general anesthesia and it lasts about an hour.
Both techniques require a day of hospitalisation at most.
BEFORE THE PROCEDURE
Patients should undergo a preliminary test to evaluate the specific characteristics of their intervention.
Furthermore, they must undergo a standard preoperative study that includes blood tests, electrocardiogram, etc.
Also, if they have any chronic illness or regularly take medications, especially anticoagulants, they should inform the surgeon before surgery.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE:
Patients can start walking the day after surgery but they should avoid efforts for a few days. They can recover daily activities a few days later but it is recommended to wait about three weeks to practice rough sports.