If you are scheduled to undergo an inguinal hernia repair, you may be wondering if it is better to use local or general anaesthetic. Both have pros and cons, but ultimately Mr Woodward will determine which is right for you.
Here, we will look at whether a local anaesthetic could be the best option. You will also learn more about the inguinal hernia repair process.
What is an inguinal hernia repair?
Inguinal hernias are the most common types of hernia which most patients develop. Appearing as a lump or swelling within the groin, they can cause pain and discomfort. An inguinal hernia repair aims to eliminate the hernia through surgery.
The goal of the surgery is to push the bulge back into its correct position. The weakened abdominal wall will then be strengthened to prevent a future hernia. However, there is a risk it could return later on.
There are two different surgical methods that can be used including open and laparoscopic procedures. The type of anaesthetic used will depend upon the method being carried out.
Which type of anaesthetic is typically used?
Both local and general anaesthetic may be used in an Inguinal hernia repair. Local anaesthesia keeps you awake during the procedure, whereas general anaesthetic puts you to sleep.
There are advantages and disadvantages of both, but with local anaesthetic the recovery is typically quicker.
A recent study revealed local anaesthetic was the best choice for the procedure due to its cost effectiveness, reduced pain after the procedure, and quicker recovery. It looked at the safety of using local anaesthetic in emergency inguinal hernia repairs.
The results of the study showed that local anaesthetic was just as safe in emergency procedures, especially when the possibility of bowel resection is limited.
Which type of anaesthetic is right for you?
The type of anaesthetic used in an inguinal hernia repair will greatly depend on a few factors. Mr Woodward will discuss with you your different treatment options during the consultation, when you can also talk about any concerns and ask questions.
It is important to note that both local and general anaesthetics are safe to use. There may be some benefits of opting for local anaesthetic in certain types of repairs, but Mr Woodward can advise which type would be most suited to your hernia repair.
Book a consultation with Mr Woodward to discuss your hernia repair anaesthetic options.