An open inguinal hernia repair is a common surgery done to repair bulging tissues of the abdomen back into their place by reinforcing the defect in the abdominal wall. Dr Noorbhai performs this surgery either through open surgery or laparoscopically.
Once your child is under general anaesthesia, an incision is made in the groin and the bulge is pushed back into place. Thereafter, synthetic mesh is used to reinforce the weak spots in the abdominal wall. Finally, he will close the puncture-like incisions with absorbable stitches or surgical staples.
A hernia repair surgery is done when the hernia is causing nerve pain and discomfort in daily life. An open hernia repair is chosen when laparoscopic means are not possible. A hernia may also become dangerous if the intestines become twisted or trapped, which may require emergency surgery. Whether or not the repair can be done with minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery or open surgery will depend on the size and severity of your child’s hernia.
Depending on how severe the hernia was, children usually stay up to three days in hospital after surgery. How soon your child will be discharged from hospital depends on whether he or she is able to drink liquids when waking up and how much pain he or she has.
After open surgery your child will be taken to a hospital room and wake up once the anaesthesia has worn off. It is possible your child may feel groggy, confused and nausea after waking up from surgery. Your child may feel pain near the surgical site, but Dr Noorbhai will make sure he or she is as comfortable as possible. You will be advised how to care for your child’s wound. With rest and care, children recover from this surgery with no problems and relatively quickly.
It is vital to re-consult if your child has an unusually high temperature, chills, vomiting, swelling around the incisions, bleeding, is experiencing excessive pain or cramping of the stomach muscles as emergency care may be needed. Approximately 1 week after his or her operation Dr Noorbhai will need to check your child’s wounds and will be able to tell you if your child can go back to school and resume physical activity.