The advantages of laparoscopic hernia repair include a shorter operative time, less pain, and a shorter recovery period. As opposed to an open repair, a laparoscopic procedure will repair the hernia with as little discomfort as possible, achieve the lowest possible rate for a reoccurrence, and allow the patient to resume a normal life as quickly as possible. Repair of a recurrent hernia is often easier using laparoscopic techniques than using open surgery. It is also possible to check for and repair a second hernia on the opposite side at the time of the operation. In addition, because small incisions are used, laparoscopy may be more appealing for cosmetic reasons.
Your surgeon will help you decide if the risks of laparoscopic hernia repair are less than the risks of leaving the condition untreated.