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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.


As a patient, it is common to feel nervous while undergoing hernia surgery. The traditional surgery consists of a procedure where a big open cut is made on the patient’s abdominal area followed by carrying out an exhaustive surgical procedure. The event is followed by a long period of bed rest for the patient as the surgery wound takes time to heal. Alternatively, Laparoscopic Hernia Operation has brought about a revolution in this field where patients experience a painless and scarless form of surgery.

The significance of Laparoscopic Hernia Operation

Laparoscopic or keyhole hernia operation is a revolution that has allowed patients to overcome the persisting problem within a shorter time frame. Under this form of surgery, the surgeon makes use of minimally invasive medical tools that make a small penetration into the abdomen. In the next step, they operate with the help of a camera that gives them a clear of the patient’s organs on the attached TV screen in the operation theatre. Once the surgery has been executed, the patient is required to stay for 4-5 days (depending on the nature of recovery) in the hospital and head back to home. There have also been instances where patients have started to do their routine work within 15 days of the operation.

With the advancement of medical science, healthcare has become a less painful process. Since the penetration into the body is minimal, the patients feel minor pain during the surgery and post-surgery, the wounds heal faster as compared to open surgery. Laparoscopic surgeries became famous from the 1990s, but during the initial stages, not many patients were confident about it. However, with time patients saw the quality results and the pain-free experience. Now a days, the first preference of patients is to undergo Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery as they have complete faith in the process as well as on the surgeons.

For a developing nation like India, it is important to ensure that quality healthcare becomes accessible even in non-metro cities. Places like Varanasi are also well-equipped with facilities that can offer Laparoscopic Hernia Operation. Nonetheless, patients are requested to go with the surgeon’s advice. Often it is considered best to go with the laparoscopic surgery unless it is said otherwise by the doctors, which is quite rare.

In a nutshell, the laparoscopic hernia surgery is replacing the open hernia surgery vastly.


A hernia is a fatty tissue that bulges out through a weak spot under the skin. Mostly hernia occurs in the abdomen i.e. belly and groin areas. It can affect both men and women. A hernia requires a surgery and does not go away on its own. It can be done by using either an open operation or a laparoscopic hernia operation. Although the latter has almost taken the pace of the former due to many advantages that it holds over the other. There are many types of a hernia.

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