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Which is better for Hernia: Open V/S Laparoscopic Surgery

The hernia has become a fairly common problem these days. Today, 1 out of 3 people have the problem of hernia. Most of the time, people tend to ignore hernia unless it becomes a major risk later on, due to complications. It is not wise to ignore a hernia, and the best solution for treatment is surgery. There are two widely popular ways of surgery. One way is open hernia surgery, and the other way is Laparoscopic hernia surgery. There is always some confusion in patients on which surgery to choose. Some doctors recommend open and some recommend a laparoscopic approach. Let’s discuss them both in detail.

The first and foremost thing to know is how are these two kinds of surgery are performed. Both types of surgeries have their own way, advantages, and limitations. A mesh is also used in many cases to repair a hernia and also to avoid the recurrence of the hernia.

As the name suggests, open surgery is done by, opening the abdomen. One big incision across the abdomen is made, through which the doctor put the organs in its original positions and place the mesh to avoid its recurrence. In Laparoscopic surgery, 3-4 small incisions are made through which the surgery is carried out using the help of a machine and mesh is spread, if required.

In Laparoscopic hernia operation, since the incisions are small, the recovery time of a hernia patient is about 2 weeks. Even the pain felt by the patient is far less by this approach than the pain felt by a patient of open hernia surgery. Often the recovery time for open surgery is much more which is about 4-6 weeks (or even more).

Laparoscopic surgery is a much more advanced procedure that has been practiced, on such a large scale only in the last 20-30 years. So it is essential to keep in mind that if you opt for Laparoscopic hernia surgery, find a doctor who has a lot of experiences or who is an expert laparoscopic surgeon.

For some people, general anesthesia can be unbearable which is necessary for laparoscopy. For them, the doctors recommend open surgery using local anesthesia. Many people prefer open surgery due to more cost of laparoscopic surgery. However, as the patient makes faster recovery and needs to spend much less time in hospitals and medicines, often this approach proves to be a smart economic decision.

Whichever approach you wish to choose, finding the best surgeon is most important, especially for Laparoscopic Hernia Operation. At Varanasi Hospital, we offer hernia surgery using both approaches after evaluating the most suitable process.

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