What is TAPP repair?

TAPP repair is a minimally invasive procedure, which is performed in order to repair a hernia. It is one of the most commonly used hernia repair techniques.

What does the procedure involve?

During the procedure, Dr Govender will make a very small incision above the navel and insert a narrow tube into the abdominal cavity. The abdomen will be filled with gas, which will allow Dr Govender to see the internal organs properly. He will then make two more incisions near the navel, through which the surgical instruments are placed.

With the use of the surgical instruments, Dr Govender will cut the membrane lining of the abdominal cavity, and remove the hernia. He will place a special mesh between the muscle and the peritoneum over the hernial opening. He then sutures the peritoneum closed which aids with decreasing pain, before suturing the incisions closed.

What is TEP repair?

TEP repair is another common hernia repair procedure. The procedure is also minimally invasive, during which Dr Govender makes use of laparoscopic techniques.

What does the procedure involve?

During the procedure, Dr Govender will make small incisions below the navel before placing a balloon into the space between the anterior abdominal wall and the peritoneum. The balloon is filled with gas, which works to separate the layers in this space. A tiny camera and surgical instruments are then inserted through the incisions, allowing Dr Govender to repair the hernia. He will use a synthetic mesh to seal the hernia before closing the incisions with sutures.

What can I expect after TAPP or TEP hernia repair?

Because both the TAPP and TEP hernia repair procedures are minimally invasive, the recovery period is generally much quicker than with traditional open surgery. You may experience some pain and swelling following the procedure, which should subside within a few days. You will notice minimal scarring. You should avoid heavy lifting for three months.