Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair (TEP) is the latest in keyhole surgery to repair an inguinal hernia. Totally extraperitoneal (TEP) surgery repairs your hernia without entering the perineal cavity.
At Ramsay Health Care UK, our General Surgeons are appropriately trained and regularly perform laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair procedures. You can confidently choose Ramsay with surgeons who have a high level of experience and skill for your laparoscopic hernia repair. They will take time to discuss your surgery options, the risks and benefits for each, and their treatment and surgical recommendation.
We offer convenient consultation and surgery appointments to get your hernia treatment quickly underway so that you can get back to your daily life without hernia pain.
A TEP hernia repair is laparoscopic or keyhole surgery that fixes your inguinal hernia from the outside of your peritoneum (the sac that contains all of your abdominal organs) as opposed to inserting instruments through it and performing the repair from inside.
There are two laparoscopic techniques for repairing a hernia in your groin:
According to The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), both laparoscopic and open surgery for hernias are safe and work well. They recommend that patients are fully informed of the risks and benefits of open and laparoscopic surgery (either by TAPP or TEP).
Key decision factors include:
Laparoscopic hernia repair offers potential benefits including reduced postoperative pain, earlier return to normal activities and a reduction in long-term pain and numbness. However, the risks of serious complications associated with laparoscopic surgery are higher.
Laparoscopic hernia repair surgery is the preferred technique for:
Laparoscopic surgery is done using keyhole surgery. This means that your inguinal hernia repair is performed through small cuts to your abdomen near your hernia rather than a large opening to your abdominal wall. It is performed under general anaesthetic and typically takes 30 to 45 minutes.
A thin tube with a light source and a camera at one end, known as a laparoscope, and tiny operating instruments are inserted through the cuts and your surgeon repairs your hernia. They push your inguinal hernia back into place and strengthen the weakened abdominal wall using a synthetic mesh with the aim of preventing recurrence. The cuts in your skin are then sealed with stitches or surgical glue.
With a TEP repair, your surgeon repairs your inguinal hernia without entering your peritoneum cavity. The mesh to seal your hernia is placed from the outside of your peritoneum.
You can expect to go home the same day as a straightforward laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair (TEP) procedure. If you have other health conditions or complications, you may need an overnight stay in hospital.
You will need an adult to stay with you for at least 24 hours after your surgery whilst you recover from the general anaesthetic.
Eat a high fibre diet so that you do not strain when having a bowel movement.
Slowly increase your activity. You can return comfortably to normal activity within a week or two. You may then return to driving, providing you are able to control the car. You can also go back to work unless your job involves heavy lifting.
You should not lift heavy items for four to six weeks.
The cost of a laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair procedure will depend on the exact type of laparoscopic hernia repair surgery you require and your Ramsay hospital of choice.
You will receive a formal quotation price following your consultation with one of our expert surgeons. This formal quote for your laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair (TEP) will be valid for 60 days and includes unlimited aftercare.
Ramsay is recognised by all major medical insurers. Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair (TEP) is covered by most medical insurance policies. We advise you to obtain written authorisation from your insurance provider before starting your treatment.
We have a number of finance options if you are paying for your laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair yourself. These include:
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