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    Umbilical hernia repair - open or laparoscopic?

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    I am 51 years old with BMI of 38 and have an umbilical hernia that needs to be repaired. The outside as I can feel it is 10cm and protrudes 2cm and can't be fully pushed back in but not causing any pain. My surgeon has advised this would be done via open surgery with mesh and a 15cm incision. I will need to be in hospital for 2 - 3 nights with a drain but should be ok to go back to my desk job after 2 weeks and take it easy.

    Many of the hernia clinic websites recommend obese patients with large hernias are better treated with laparoscopic repair so as to get smaller wounds (less pain and faster recovery) and reduce the risk of infection. Does this sound right?

    I would really appreciate some advice as I am sure he is a very good surgeon but wondering if I should have get a second opinion?
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