Philip L. Leggett, MD
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Laparoscopic Hernia Repair

Hernias represent ideal opportunities to apply laparoscopic methods. A hernia is a weakness in the abdomen's wall. A traditional approach to repairing hernias is to place a patch over the weakened portion to strengthen it. The downside to this conventional approach is that perfectly healthy tissue must be damaged by cutting until the hernia is found.

Using laparoscopy, the surgeon has only to make two or three small incisions, through which he or she inserts a small video camera and the necessary surgical instruments. Once at the site of the hernia, the surgeon simply reduces the hernia and staples a patch over the abdominal defect.

Recovery is very fast. Most patients are back to routine in less than one week. Since December 1992, Dr. Leggett has repaired more than 700 hernias this way.