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What techniques are used to treat inguinal hernia?

There are two main techniques used to treat inguinal hernias:

1. Laparotomy (an incision over the inguinal area is made to access the point of weakness)

2. Laparoscopy (“minimally invasive surgery” with scopes and tiny incisions)

These procedures can take between 30 to 60 minutes and stitches with or without reinforcing mesh are used to re-strengthen the point of weakness (block the opening). The most frequent complication is hernia recurrence. Although mesh has had problems—many have been recalled—using FDA-approved mesh offers the lowest chance of recurrence.

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