Open Hernia Repair

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Open hernia repair surgery treats hernias, which occur when a piece of intestine or other organ, usually in the abdomen, pushes through surrounding muscle.

What is open hernia repair surgery?

Hernia repair surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures. It is typically carried out by a general surgeon. Open hernia repair surgery involves a larger incision than laparoscopic (small incision) hernia surgery, and is considered more accurate with a lower risk of complication.

Types of hernia repair surgery

There are two methods of hernia surgery, open and laparoscopic. While the incision in the laparoscopic method is smaller, in most cases the open method is our surgeons’ preferred technique due to its greater accuracy with fewer complications.

Open hernia repair surgery

Open hernia surgery involves a larger incision (around 10cm) in the abdomen that gives the surgeon full access to the hernia, as well as greater visibility for better accuracy.

Laparoscopic hernia repair surgery

Laparoscopic hernia surgery involves the surgeon making a small incision, through which small instruments, including a laparoscope (tiny camera), are inserted to allow the surgeon to view the hernia and perform the procedure. Before inserting the instruments, the abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide to separate the abdominal organs so the surgeon can more clearly see the organs and surrounding area.

What does open hernia repair surgery treat?

Open hernia repair surgery treats hernias that occur when organs or tissue slip through an abnormal opening in the body. They most commonly occur when a piece of intestine slips through a weakness in the abdominal wall, but can also develop around the naval, in the groin, or another part of the body that has had a surgical incision. Hernias can cause pain and discomfort, especially in the groin area.

Open hernia repair surgery results

Open hernia repair surgery eliminates hernia pain and discomfort in most patients and helps prevent future hernias in the same area.

Preparing for open hernia repair surgery

Patients may need to follow specific advice around what to eat and drink before open hernia surgery.

What to expect with open hernia repair surgery

Open hernia surgery requires general anesthesia. This means the patient is unconscious for the duration of the procedure.

The surgeon first makes an incision in the groin area. If the hernia is bulging out of the abdominal wall, the surgeon pushes the bulge back into place. The weak spot in the wall is then repaired by sewing the edges of healthy muscle tissue together. To strengthen the abdominal wall and reduce the risk a hernia will recur, the surgeon may sew patches of synthetic material over the weakened area.

Recovery after open hernia repair surgery

After surgery, the patient is taken to a recovery room to be monitored in case there are any complications. The procedure may not require an overnight stay, but some patients may need to stay overnight at our facility for further monitoring. It is recommended that the patient has someone on-hand to drive them home.

Get open hernia repair surgery with Centric Health

Many men and women from across Canada and all over the world choose Centric Health Surgical Centres for hernia surgery. Our surgeons have years of experience and excellence in performance and outcome with this procedure. They are committed to helping relieve any pain and discomfort, and reducing the risk of another hernia occurring. We strive to provide exceptional pre- and post-operative care. Combined with our patient-centred philosophy, we aim to provide all our patients with a compassionate, caring, and rewarding experience.

Next steps: Book your open hernia surgery consultation

If you are ready to discuss your hernia surgery needs with our surgeons, contact us to learn more and request a consultation today. To discover your health options your patient care coordinator will discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Incision techniques
  • Potential risks and complications


Toronto Resident
Patients who are residents of Ontario or are otherwise covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) are not eligible to access this procedure privately in the Toronto location.

Winnipeg Resident
Patients who are residents of Manitoba or are otherwise covered by Manitoba Health Services Insurance Plan are not eligible to access this procedure privately in the Winnipeg location.

Calgary Resident
Patients who are Alberta residents or are otherwise covered by the Alberta Healthcare Insurance Plan (AHCIP) are not eligible to access this procedure privately in the Calgary location.

Vancouver Resident
Patients who reside in British Columbia are eligible to access this procedure privately.

Other Provinces
Patients who currently reside in Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon, Quebec, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are eligible to access this procedure privately at any of the locations the procedure is available in.

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