Surgery setup images for Laparoscopic Hernia Repair


Mayo stand and back table instruments for Laparoscopic Hernia Repair surgery setup

Clamping & Occluding

  • Curved Hemostat

    Curved Hemostat

  • Kelly Forceps

    Kelly Forceps

Cutting & Dissecting

  • Laparoscopic Metz Scissor

    Laparoscopic Metz Scissor

  • Metzenbaum Scissor

    Metzenbaum Scissor

  • Straight Mayo Scissor

    Straight Mayo Scissor

Grasping & Holding

  • Adson Forceps

    Adson Forceps

  • Bowel Grasper

    Bowel Grasper

  • Laparoscopic Maryland Dissector Grasper

    Laparoscopic Maryland Dissector Grasper

  • Laparoscopic Wave Grasper

    Laparoscopic Wave Grasper

  • Toothed Forcep

    Toothed Forcep


  • 0 Degree Scope

    0 Degree Scope

  • Camera Cord

    Camera Cord

  • Light Cord

    Light Cord

Retracting & Exposing

  • Army-Navy Retractor

    Army-Navy Retractor

  • Hasson S Retractor

    Hasson S Retractor

  • Senn Retractor

    Senn Retractor


  • Suction Irrigator

    Suction Irrigator

Suturing & Stapling

  • Mayo-Hegar Needle Holder

    Mayo-Hegar Needle Holder

What to expect during Laparoscopic Hernia Repair

Laparoscopic Hernia Repair is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed to repair a hernia in the abdomen. A hernia occurs when an organ or tissue protrudes through a weak spot or tear in the abdominal wall. During the procedure, small incisions are made in the abdomen, and a mesh is placed to prevent recurrence of the hernia. This surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis and has a high success rate with minimal scarring.


Folded towels around incision site, along with a lap drape.

Camera, light cord, insufflation tubing, suction irrigator, and bovie will be passed off and clamped to the drape.

Step 1: Incisions
During a Laparoscopic Hernia Repair, the surgeon will start by making incisions where the ports will go. This is done using a 15 or 11 blade. The number of ports required is usually 2-3, and they are typically 5mm in size. Additionally, either a 12mm or 8mm port will be placed.

Step 2: Separating Tissue
To separate the tissue from the hernia inside the abdomen, the surgical team will use bowel or wave graspers. These instruments are used throughout the surgery to grasp and pull the tissue. Scissors, a Maryland, or a bullet grasper may also be used to help separate the tissue.

Step 3: Placing Mesh
Once the hernia has been emptied of bowel, a piece of mesh is usually placed to prevent reoccurrence. This is done using either a mesh tacker or suture. The mesh is held in place using these instruments to ensure it stays securely in place.

Step 4: Closing Port Sites
After the mesh has been placed, the gas will be turned off, and the port sites will be closed. The surgeon will use monocryl to close the port sites. This is commonly used for closure as it is an absorbable suture. Skin glue is usually used for a dressing as it is quick and easy to apply, and provides an excellent seal over the incision site.

The Surgery Sparknotes

  1. Make incisions using a 15 or 11 blade for 2-3 5mm ports and a 12mm or 8mm port
  2. Separate tissue using bowel or wave graspers, scissors, Maryland or bullet grasper
  3. Place mesh with a mesh tacker or suture to prevent reoccurrence
  4. Close port sites with monocryl and dress with skin glue

2 thoughts on “Laparoscopic Hernia Repair

  1. Wanda Tocco says:

    Are there specific types of mesh for laparoscopic hernias vs an open hernia? My hospitals preference card just says to have a whole mesh cart in the room?

    • Diana Lei-aloha says:

      There are specifically labelled mesh for laparoscopic surgeries, but each surgeon may not necessarily use those specific ones. I would definitely have the mesh cart close by so that you can show the surgeon several options and sizes at one time.

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