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Laparascopic Surgery

Having a Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Surgery in Panama

An incisional or ventral hernia can develop in the abdominal wall around a previous incision. It usually arises in the abdominal wall where a previous surgical incision was made. This results in a bulge or a tear in the area where the abdominal muscles have weakened. Ventral hernias can increase in size with time. Laparoscopic ventral hernia surgery can be successful in correcting your hernia and using Panama’s health tourism to combine your surgery and a tropical recovery is a very smart idea!

The Procedure

A surgeon uses special instruments, small incisions, and a videoscope to perform the laparoscopic ventral hernia surgery. A small incision is made in the abdominal wall in a location chosen too minimize the risk of running into organs or scar tissue from prior operations. Surgeons make as few other tiny incisions as is feasible, depending on how much scar tissue there is and how well they can see.

A laparoscope (a tiny telescope with a television camera attached) is inserted through a small hollow tube. The laparoscope and TV camera allow the surgeon to view the hernia from the inside.

Other small incisions will be made for placement of other instruments to remove any scar tissue, and to insert a surgical mesh into the abdomen. This mesh is fixed under the hernia defect to the strong tissues of the abdominal wall. The surgeon will use mesh to reinforce the weakened area of the abdominal wall. This will help prevent the hernia from recurring.

After your surgery

Patients usually go home within 24 hours after laparoscopic repair, as opposed to a longer hospital stay after open repair, and report less pain and quicker return to normal activity.

Risks

Many of the common risks are prevalent with laparoscopic ventral hernia surgery: excessive bleeding, infection and if the surgery is in the abdominal region, there is a possibility injury to surrounding organs. Although laparoscopic ventral hernia surgery has a 10% possibility of recurrence, it is much lower than the 20% to 40% possibility with traditional methods.