Hernia repairs have traditionally been performed as an open procedure. However with the advent of laparoscopic techniques the majority of hernias are now repaired using laparoscopic (key hole surgery) techniques. This allows patients to recover quicker. In particular they are often performed as day case procedures and the patients return to normal activity is also quicker. Some hernias are relatively small therefore the incisions that are necessary for an open technique are also relatively small and there is often no advantage in performing the procedure laparoscopically which inevitably entails more than one incision. The typical examples of the latter are umbilical and femoral hernia repairs.
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