Hernia – Laparoscopic Inguinal Repair (TAPP)

The following provides information on laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair (TAPP). For further details, please speak to your consultant.

What is an inguinal hernia repair?

Sometimes, parts of the abdominal muscle can grow weak and this can result in the internal structures of the abdomen pushing through the wall. This will be visible as a lump protruding from the abdomen and is known as a hernia (see figure 1).

An inguinal hernia is one of the more common forms of hernia. It is caused when a hernia occurs at the inguinal canal, a channel containing blood vessels within the abdominal wall.

Can they be dangerous?

Yes, hernias can lead to complications as internal structures can become trapped at the site and the essential blood supply can get cut off. This is known as a strangulated hernia.

Why choose hernia surgery?

Surgery is the best option to remove the hernia as it will not disappear on its own. Wearing special clothing such as a padded truss (support belt) can control the hernia for a time.

What happens during a laparoscopic hernia repair operation?

A general anaesthetic will be administered and the operation should take around 30 minutes or under one hour for both sides.

The surgeon will create a few little incisions through which surgical tools, including a telescopic device, will be inserted in order to perform the procedure. The hernia will be repaired and the abdominal muscle strengthened with a synthetic mesh or stitches.

Risks and complications

Any risks or complications will be discussed in advance of your treatment with your expert consultant.

How long is the recovery process?

Most people leave the hospital on the same day or the following day but it can take around a week to feel up to resuming physical activity. You may experience discomfort when lifting for two to four weeks after the operation.

Regular exercise can be helpful but seek advice from your consultant before you begin.


This procedure can help repair a hernia in the inguinal canal and strengthen the abdominal wall. This should help to prevent serious complications arising.


References: EIDO Healthcare Limited – The operation and treatment information on this website is produced using information from EIDO Healthcare Ltd and is licensed by Aspen Healthcare.

The information should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.

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