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A hernia occurs when part of the intestine protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. While a hernia isn’t necessarily dangerous, it can be very painful. Rarely, a hernia can cause a serious complication called strangulation, wherein tissue gets trapped inside the hernia and gets cut off from its blood supply. While surgery may not be necessary if you are not bothered by it, surgery is the only way to repair a hernia.
If you are experiencing severe discomfort, or your hernia has become larger, your doctor may recommend surgery to repair the hernia. Dignity Health Sacramento laparoscopic specialists offer patients the option of minimally invasive laparoscopic hernia repair.
The most common places for a hernia to occur are in the groin (inguinal) and at the site of a previous surgery (incisional or ventral).
In conventional open surgery, a large incision is made so the surgeon can repair the hernia.
In contrast, Dignity Health surgeons perform minimally invasive laparoscopic hernia repair with only a few small incisions:
Laparoscopic hernia repair is performed while you are under general anesthesia and may be performed as an outpatient procedure.
Dignity Health’s board-certified surgeons in Sacramento have undergone extensive fellowship training in advanced laparoscopic techniques, including robotic surgery. This combination of skill and technology offers patients of all ages a host of potential benefits, including: