Fisherman: Checking out the hospital is one of the first steps not every hospital is equal nor every Surgeon. You'll want a Surgeon that does these types of procedures all day long.
The following is one of many google sites that deal with Hernia's: http://www.webmd.boots.com/digestive-disorders/keyhole-operations-best-for-hernia-repair
Which method of surgery is best?
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has approved both procedures as being safe and working well, but there are pros and cons to each:
- Keyhole surgery is less painful afterwards because the cuts are smaller and there is less muscle damage.
- Open surgery has fewer risks of complications – in keyhole surgery there is a greater risk the surgeon can accidentally damage the bowel.
- Keyhole surgery has a faster recovery time in recurrent cases, where a hernia returns, or if it is bilateral repair, with a hernia on either side.
The type of surgery chosen may also be based on the patient's circumstances:
- Open surgery is recommended for people who should not be given a general anaesthetic, such as the elderly and people in poor health.
- Keyhole surgery is recommended for women, who have a higher chance of another undiagnosed hernia.
- Keyhole surgery is recommendedfor very active patients with pain as the most dominant symptom.
Keyhole surgery may also be recommended if your surgeon is not sure about the type of hernia you have.