This procedure can be done in the traditional "open" method or laparoscopically. The "open" method uses one long incision in the abdomen. The laparoscopic method uses six small (1-2cm) incisions in the abdomen.
The laparoscopic approach offers the patient decreased pain, decreased healing time and a decreased chance of developing a hernia following the surgery. In addition, patients usually return to work and normal activities MUCH sooner than with the "open" method.