What is hernia repair?

A hernia is when a part of your body, most often a section of intestine, pushes through a weak spot in the surrounding tissues. Sometimes hernias don’t cause any symptoms, but if they do, they can be painful. The Tinsley Surgical team inserts the laparoscope through your belly button and inflates your abdomen. Using the images relayed by the laparoscope’s camera, they fix the weak spot and reinforce it with a special mesh.


Minimally invasive techniques like laparoscopy offer many advantages over open surgery, but you need an expert surgeon to ensure the best results. Ellis A. Tinsley, Jr., MD, FACS, FSVS, of Tinsley Surgical in Wilmington, North Carolina, is a double board-certified vascular surgeon who specializes in using advanced laparoscopic techniques to carry out a range of surgeries, some on an outpatient basis.

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What are the advantages of using laparoscopy?

Using laparoscopy has several significant advantages over open surgery, including:

  • Less Pain
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Smaller scars
  • Faster healing
  • Less downtime
  • Less internal scarring

In many cases, you can have laparoscopic surgery as an outpatient, going home the same day as your procedure.

Commonly asked questions about hernia repair:

What is a hernia repair surgery?

Hernia repair surgery is a procedure to fix a hernia, which occurs when an organ or fatty tissue pushes through a weak spot in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue. The surgery involves pushing the herniated tissue back into place and reinforcing the weakened area with stitches or a synthetic mesh to prevent recurrence.

How long does it take to recover from hernia repair surgery?

Recovery time from hernia repair surgery varies depending on the type of surgery performed and individual factors. In general, patients can resume normal activities within a few days to a week after laparoscopic hernia repair and may require a longer recovery period of up to four to six weeks for open hernia repair. It’s essential to follow post-operative care instructions provided by the surgeon to ensure a smooth recovery process.

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