What is a hernia?

If you’re about to undergo ventral hernia repair surgery, it’s important that you understand all the options available to you.

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) hernia repair has several benefits over open surgery in certain cases. Find out more about how it can help you to recover better.  

What is a hernia?

Only surgery can repair a hernia1

If a ventral hernia is diagnosed, then a doctor is likely to recommend surgery. This is because hernias don’t go away on their own - only surgery can repair a hernia1

Early repair

The earlier you repair your hernia the more surgical options you’ll have and the easier it will be.2

Open or MIS?

There are two types of hernia repair surgeries:

Open hernia repair surgery: The hernia is repaired through a cut (incision) in the abdomen. Open surgery is effective and has been done for many years.

Minimal invasive surgery or laparoscopic hernia repair: This is another method for hernia repair in adults. A surgeon inserts a thin, lighted scope through a small incision in the abdomen. Surgical tools to repair the hernia are inserted through other small incisions in the abdomen. Laparoscopic hernia surgery may have some advantages over open surgery in certain cases. 


  1. Shaziya Allarakha, MD. Can You Heal a Hernia Without Surgery? Medical Reviewer: Pallavi Suyog Uttekar, MD Medically Reviewed on 7/16/2020 https://www.medicinenet.com/can_you_heal_a_hernia_without_surgery/article.htm
  2. When to Consider Surgical Repair for a Hernia , The surgery group, January 24, 2018, https://thesurgerygroup.com/when-to-consider-surgical-repair-for-a-hernia/