The repair of inguinal hernia is the most common hernia repair procedure in the world, and the most frequently performed surgical procedure among general surgeons. Unfortunately, most general surgeons in the US and around the world have not embraced the latest and most effective techniques for hernia surgery. At the Hernia Institute of Louisiana, we are dedicated to changing that, and are actively engaged in surgeon education in hopes of improving the quality of outcomes for patients not only in our region, but also across the country and worldwide. You can read about our commitment to surgeon education elsewhere on our site by clicking here.
Methods for the repair of inguinal hernias have evolved over the last 20 years more so than in the previous 100 years. As a result of this evolution of thought, there are numerous new techniques and mesh devices designed to provide reconstructive opportunities for surgeons and patients. Dr. Treen has evaluated each of these techniques and devices, and has concluded that in the vast majority of cases, the most consistently reliable technique is the use of the Prolene Hernia System and the UltraPro Hernia System. Published results of the effectiveness of these techniques indicate that their reliability and durability is unsurpassed, the incidence of postoperative pain is the lowest, and patient satisfaction is among the highest. Skin Closure for most all hernia repairs is completed with DermaBond topical skin adhesive, which eliminates the need for bulky gauze dressings, and allows patients to bathe or shower within hours of their surgery.
These procedures are nearly always performed as an outpatient, under general or local anesthesia, and typically require about 45 minutes to complete. Most patients are discharged from our facilities within 1-2 hours following their surgery. In general, follow-up visits are prearranged in our clinic in 1-2 weeks. Most patients are able to return to work at that time, or shortly thereafter.
Since 1999, and after several thousand inguinal hernia repairs using these techniques, not a single patient has returned with a recurrence of their hernia. As a consequence of this outstanding performance with these methods, we offer a 100% guarantee of our repair.
If your inguinal hernia repair fails, regardless of your age, weight, or occupation, provided you are not on chronic corticosteroid treatment, we will provide a second repair without cost to you or your insurance company.