The operation involves a cut around your belly button and two more small cuts one on either side. The hernia is reduced into your abdomen and a mesh is placed outside the inner lining (called peritoneum) of the abdomen to prevent the hernia coming back. The inner lining is closed with hand sewn sutures.
The risks of the operation include that of bleeding & infection as with any operation. Specifically, with this operation, there is a chance of injury to the bladder, bowel and blood vessels, all of which are around the hernia. There is a small chance of an open operation and a risk of fluid collection (called seroma) in the space that was occupied by the hernia. There is a risk of the hernia coming back and a small chance of what is called a chronic groin pain. The chronic groin pain is a simple annoyance in most of the cases, however is a small proportion, this can be disabling and difficult to treat. Mr Jayanthi doesn’t use any metal clips or tacks for this operation and therefore the chance of the chronic groin pain is less, but not zero.
What if I have two hernias, one in each groin?
In fact, keyhole approach is the best way in this situation. Both the hernias can be treated at the same operation and through the same number of keyhole cuts. The operation shouldn’t more painful than when one hernia is operated on. The recovery will be the same as when one hernia is operated on. Of course, the risks of the hernia repair are applicable to both the sides.