What's the best hernia repair?

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Q. My doctor has advised me to have my inguinal hernia repaired. Should I have a laparoscopic repair or the more traditional "open" procedure?

A. Inguinal hernias happen to almost a third of men. This type of hernia occurs when a portion of the intestines or the fatty tissue surrounding it bulges through a tear in the abdominal wall and into the groin or scrotum.

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