Depending on the surgical technique, a hernia operation is performed under general anaesthesia or with a peridural (spinal anaesthesia). Minimally invasive techniques such as TAPP or TEP always require a general anaesthetic.
In certain cases, hernia surgery can even be performed with local anaesthesia. In very old people, for whom a general anaesthetic is too great a risk, or in patients with dementia, for whom an anaesthetic would cause their condition to deteriorate, an operation with the Lichtenstein technique under local anaesthetic is feasible for an inguinal hernia.
During a general anaesthetic, the patient’s consciousness and perception are completely switched off. The muscles are relaxed and the body feels no pain. For patients who experience strong anxiety or nervousness before a procedure, a general anaesthetic can minimise the risk of stress. General anaesthesia is very safe today. However, there is always some residual risk. Common side effects can include nausea, sore throat and hoarseness after the anaesthetic. In rare cases, pneumonia can occur due to inhalation of stomach contents, or cardiovascular problems or breathing problems can occur.
Regional anaesthesia (peridural anaesthesia and spinal anaesthesia) temporarily interrupts the sensation of pain by blocking the nerves. It is particularly suitable for procedures in the groin or abdomen. The patient remains conscious or is given a mild sedative. Regional anaesthesia is gentler on the body and there are fewer after-effects such as nausea, drowsiness, sore throat, etc. It can, however, lower blood pressure. However, there may be a drop in blood pressure or a slowing of the heart rate. Occasionally there is headache or back pain in the area of the puncture.
Our specialists will advise you individually on the surgical technique and the options for anaesthesia.
Through close cooperation with various clinics, operations can be performed at the following locations.
The team at the Hernia Centre Switzerland specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of hernias.
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