You have just undergone laparoscopic umbilical or ventral hernia repair. This usually involves making small incisions on the side of your abdomen and one over the hernia. Your abdomen is then inflated with a gas and the hernia is patched on the inside with mesh. The mesh is held in place with tacks that are placed around the edge of the mesh as well as in an inner ring around your hernia. This type of repair always requires general anesthesia and local numbing medicine is also used.