Medical hygienists also recommend surgery to treat inguinal hernias when the hernia has reached a significant size and where treatment with natural remedies has achieved poor results.
How long does inguinal hernia surgery take?
Usually, patients are faced with 2 solutions:
- classic surgery (anterior inguinal hernioplasty) with local anaesthesia. Through a small incision, the hernia is identified and repositioned inside the abdomen. An appropriately shaped and biocompatible, synthetic, non-reabsorbable mesh is fixed to the muscles and tendons to reinforce the muscle walls. This procedure has the advantage of being performed in day hospital, where the patient remains in the facility only for the time necessary for the procedure and then returns to their own home without occupying a hospital bed.
- Laparoscopy under general anaesthesia and less traumatic recovery. By adopting a minimally invasive method, there is a significant reduction in surgical trauma and post-operative recovery is more rapid. This is generally performed on patients in good health, capable of being subjected to general anaesthesia, to treat bilateral inguinal hernias, i.e. on both right and left sides at the same time, or in the case of relapsing hernia already treated by anterior surgery. On average, the hospitalisation time is four days.
The surgeon shall decide the most appropriate technique, depending on their experience and the patient’s state of health.
How long does post-operative pain last for?
The perceivable pain immediately after surgery is bearable. In subsequent days, there may be some general “bother” because sitting down and standing up will be movements that cause some discomfort. But nothing unbearable. With passing days, the improvements are evident. It is only a matter of having some patience. From the fourth day, it will be possible to laugh, sneeze and cough without pain.
During the period in hospital, the genitals tend to assume a bluish colour, and the swelling of the area makes it seem the surgery has still not been performed.
See the article “Inguinal hernia, post-operative convalescence“.