Open vs. Laparoscopic repair of inguinal hernias: Lap. repair may be better.

A recent study published in the March issue of Archives of Surgery 2012 suggests that patients who undergo a laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair (Total extraperitoneal inguinal hernia repair (TEP)), report higher patient satisfaction, less chronic pain and less impairment of inguinal (groin) sensation compared to those who undergo a tension-free the open Lichtenstein repair.
Hernia Surgery. Two surgeons performing an operation

Mesh vs. suture repair of small umbilical hernias. Strong evidence supporting mesh repair

Although there is good evidence that large umbilical hernias should be repaired with a mesh, it is not clear how smaller hernias should be managed i.e. those with a diameter 1-4 cm. Many surgeons continue to suture repair these smaller hernias.