Inguinal Hernia Repairs- Laparoscopic or Open?

By far the most common problem that I take care of in my practice is an inguinal (groin) hernia.   Patients often come in with a bulge and/or pain in the area of concern.  After I evaluate the patient and confirm the diagnosis, the discussion turns to whether the patient should have surgery and if so, what technique I use to repair the hernia(s).   The reasons to typically proceed with surgery include treating the symptoms that the hernia is causing and to minimize the future possibility of an organ/structure (namely a loop of small intestine) bulging through the hernia and getting twisted and stuck (incarceration).  This can lead to…

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