LAPAROSCOPIC INGUINAL GARTH H. BALLANTYNE, M.D.
PROFESSOR OF SURGERY
BOARD CERTIFIED IN
HACKENSACK UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER,
20 PROSPECT AVENUE, SUITE #901
HACKENSACK, NJ 07601
DIRECTOR OF MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY
HACKENSACK UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER
HACKENSACK, NEW JERSEY
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MORE ABOUT: LAPAROSCOPIC INGUINAL HERNIA REPAIR RANDOMIZED TRIAL
ROBOTICS IN LAPAROSCOPIC HERNIA SURGERY STAR-LEDGER , June 8, 1997 HOME HACKENSACK GERD (REFLUX) Rx OF GERD ... ALT MEDICINE
Each year about 600,000 hernia-repair operations are performed in the United States. Until recently, however, all were performed as traditional, "open" procedures requiring a large incision in the lower abdomen. The result was significant pain for patients.
Today, the minimally invasive technique of laparoscopic surgery can be used to repair the most common types of hernias. Although both traditional and laparoscopic hernia surgery are performed on an outpatient basis, patients treated laparoscopically seem to experience more rapid healing and far less pain during recovery. They can return to normal activity, including work, after only a few days, while recovery from traditional hernia repair can be a three- to five week process.
The laparoscopic approach can be used to repair direct and indirect inguinal (groin) hernias and femoral (below the groin) hernias. Some hernias located in other parts of the abdominal wall can be repaired laparoscopically as well.