Enlarging or painful hernias usually require surgery to relieve discomfort and prevent serious complications. Surgical treatments include open hernia repair and laparoscopic hernia repair. In many cases, laparoscopy is a good choice for inguinal hernias because there is less discomfort and patients experience a quicker recovery. It is a type of minimally invasive surgery. Patients who have minimally invasive surgery often go home the same day and do not require an overnight hospital stay.