This is a question I get often asked by my patients, and my reply is usually: it depends. This depends on: is it possible to have laparoscopic (keyhole) repair or not and whether you prefer to have one over another.
There are several reasons why a surgeon may not be able to perform laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair:
In general risks of laparoscopic and open hernia repairs are similar, but there are few differences.
Laparoscopic repair better than open:
Open repair is better than laparoscopic:
In the end, the surgeon should tell you whether they think that laparoscopic surgery is possible or not and what are their risks of conversion to open procedure. They should be able to tell you what the risks and benefits of both procedures in their hand are. After this, you decide which surgery you would prefer to have.
If you and your surgeon do not agree on the type of procedure performed, you should ask for a second opinion. Neither you nor your surgeon should be pressured to perform/have surgery that you/they no wish to have/do.
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I am Breast, Endocrine and General Surgeon.
Wakefield Specialist Medical Centre
99 Rintoul St, Newtown
Waikanae Specialist Centre
Boulcott Specialist Centre
666 High Street, Boulcott