Hernia Repair Surgery

Women and Men from across Canada choose False Creek Healthcare Centre because of board-certified General Surgeons. Our team of General surgeons has years of experience and excellence in performing hernia repair surgeries. Most patients who come to the centre for hernia repair are from BC, but out of province patients are also accepted.

Hernia repair surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures performed and is designed to treat a hernia: the protrusion of organs or tissue through an abnormal opening in the body. Most hernias occur when a piece of intestine slips through a weakness in the abdominal wall, but can also develop around the naval, in the groin, or anywhere you may have had a surgical incision. Different doctors prefer different methods, your doctor may recommend either Open hernia repair surgery or a laparoscopic surgery method. At False Creek Healthcare, most of our General surgeons prefer the open hernia repair method in the vast majority of cases as they consider it more accurate and has a lower risk of complication.

What to Expect

There are two methods of Hernia surgery, open and laparoscopic. At False Creek Healthcare our experienced general surgeons usually recommend the open method.

Open Hernia Repair Surgery

In open hernia surgery an incision is made in the groin area. If the hernia is bulging out of the abdominal wall, the bulge is pushed back into place and the weak spot is repaired by sewing the edges of healthy muscle tissue together. Patches of synthetic material may also be sewn over the weakened area in the abdominal wall in order to reduce the tension on the weakened abdominal wall and reduce the risk a hernia will recur.

Laparoscopic Hernia Repair Surgery

In laparoscopic hernia surgery a small incision is made in or just below the belly button. The abdomen is then inflated with carbon dioxide to separate the abdominal organs so the surgeon can see the organs and the inside of the abdominal cavity more clearly in order to avoid injuring them. Your surgeon then inserts a laparoscope through the incision to provide video of the hernia. and a mesh patch is affixed behind the abdominal muscle wall. While the incision is smaller than the open method in most cases the open method is still the preferred technique among our surgeons because they consider it to have a higher degree of accuracy and presents fewer complications.

How to Prepare

In preparation for your procedure be required to avoid eating the night before your surgery. Your doctor may also advise you to temporarily stop taking certain medications and supplements that may increase your risk of bleeding.

Next Steps

If you are ready to discuss your surgery needs with our board certified surgeons, request a consultation today. During your consultation your patient care coordinator will discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Pre and post-operative care
  • Potential risks and complications

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