Minimally invasive hernia repair is an innovative, technically challenged method of treating hernias using a laparoscope (a thin tube with a tiny video camera at its tip) to guide the surgeon through images projected on a television monitor. Minimally invasive hernia surgery can often provide superior outcomes to traditional open surgery in less time, with smaller scars, and with less discomfort for patients.
Minimally invasive hernia repair procedures have grown in popularity in recent years due to the benefits they provide and in certain instances have surpassed the effectiveness and efficiency of conventional surgical methods. A doctor may recommend minimally-invasive hernia repair because:
- It may cause less pain than an open hernia repair
- It could allow the patient to return to work and a healthy lifestyle more quickly
- It can allow easier repair of multiple hernias through the same incisions
Dr. Patel has extensive training in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery. During his fellowship at UAB, he developed extensive skills in minimally invasive hernia repair and abdominal wall reconstruction. Dr. Patel is excited to bring innovative, cutting-edge hernia repair care to our local community.