How Safe is Hernia Surgery

How Safe is Hernia Surgery?

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Is Hernia Surgery Safe?

Yes, hernia surgery has been made safer than in previous days. Two kinds of surgeries are available to repair hernia: open and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

People prefer minimally invasive techniques nowadays as they cause lesser pain, lower blood loss, and faster recovery.

Minimally invasive techniques like laparoscopy and robotic surgery are widely employed nowadays to repair a hernia.

Laser technology is also substituted for traditional open surgeries to remove adhesions in case of abdominal hernias as they cause lesser pain, lower blood loss, and no cosmetic damage.

What is the Success Rate of Hernia Repair?

90-99% success rate is usually attributed to any hernia repair. Hernia repair with mesh has a slight chance of enabling hernia recurrence of around 5%. Other than that, there is only a slight chance of hernia surgeries resulting in chronic pain, as found in a very small population of patients

Hernia Surgery Risks

Common risks Long-term risks Rare but serious risks
Bruises at the hernia repair site
Infection due to mesh
Stroke or heart attack due to anesthesia administration
Infection due to the instruments used during hernia repair
Mesh displacement
Injury to blood vessels
Bleeding at the hernia repair site
Mesh breaking down
Damage to nearby organs
Recurrence of the hernia

Factors Affecting the Safety of a Hernia Repair Surgery

Some of the factors that affect the safety factor of a hernia surgery include:

  • Age: Infants and older patients may face a higher risk of complications due to the surgery.
  • Overweight: Obesity can make the surgery difficult and cause increased complications.
  • Smoking: Patients with a smoking history can face increased risks during surgery, like profuse blood loss, infection, and so on.
  • Chronic illness: Diabetes, cancer, and other chronic illnesses can hinder the success rate of hernia repair surgery.
  • Previous surgeries: Previous surgeries in the surgical area may cause disturbance during the current surgery.
  • Type of hernia: The type of hernia can influence the success rate of the surgery. For example, hiatal hernia is more complicated than abdominal hernia surgery.
  • Type of surgery: Open hernia surgeries may pose more challenges than laparoscopic surgeries.

Factors Influencing the Safety of a Hernia Repair Surgery

Factors that influence the safety of a hernia repair surgery include:

  • Choice of surgery type: The appropriate choice of surgery type, open or minimally invasive, can influence the success rate of the surgery.
  • Choice of surgeon: Choosing an expert hernia surgeon for your hernia type can increase the chances of success.
  • Choice of the clinic: Choosing a clinic or hospital with modern infrastructure and surgery facilities can increase the success rate of hernia surgery.
  • Elective or emergency hernia repair: Elective hernia repair surgeries have a better success rate than emergency hernia surgeries.
  • Age: Younger patients with no chronic illnesses have a better chance of success in hernia surgery.


Multiple factors determine the safety of hernia surgery. However, delaying surgery increases risk factors. Consulting an expert hernia surgeon with a high success rate can lead to successful hernia repair. Opt for the best hernia surgeon, choose the right hernia repair method, and consider elective surgery to prevent complications and ensure better success of the hernia repair.

If you are worried about the safety of your hernia surgery, you can contact me at my clinic and get your doubts clarified.

We wish you success in your hernia surgery!


Is hernia surgery painful?

Hernia surgery is not very painful with modern techniques like laparoscopy or robotic surgery. You will also be provided with painkillers to cope with the post-surgery pain.

How much does hernia surgery cost?

In India, hernia surgery costs a minimum of Rs. 50,000. However, the cost depends on factors such as the type of surgery and the type of hernia

Is hernia repair compulsory?

Hernia surgery is essential, as the hernia can become complicated without proper surgery. So, it is better to opt for elective hernia repair.

Dr. K. Amilthan MBBS., MS., FMAS., FALS.

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Dr. Amilthan

Dr. Amilthan is a renowned laparoscopic hernia surgeon based in Chennai, with over 20 years of experience in general surgery. He completed his MBBS and MS in General Surgery at Kilpauk Medical College and Government Royapettah Hospital in Chennai.

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