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A inguinal hernia is an opening, weakness or bulge in the abdominal wall in the groin area between the abdomen and the thigh. The weakened area is reinforced with mesh (an implant made from synthetic material such as polypropylene). When performed laparoscopically, the doctor will make several small incisions in the abdomen. Ports (hollow tubes) are inserted into the openings and surgical tools and a lighted camera are placed into the ports. The abdomen is inflated to make it easier to see internal organs to repair the hernia.

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