There are two main ways surgery for hernias can be carried out:
Most people are able to go home the same day or the day after surgery and make a full recovery within a few weeks.
General anaesthetic is used for keyhole inguinal hernia repair, so you'll be asleep during the operation.
During keyhole surgery, the surgeon usually makes 3 small incisions in your abdomen instead of a single larger incision.
A thin tube containing a light source and a camera (laparoscope) is inserted through one of these incisions so the surgeon can see inside your abdomen.
Special surgical instruments are inserted through the other incisions so the surgeon can pull the hernia back into place.