Laparoscopic Versus Open

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.