Hernia Repair

Hernia SurgeryWhat is Hernia?

Hernias are extremely common. A hernia is a bulge or weakness in the muscles which form the front of the body wall. They are very common and easily treated. However, if left, they can get bigger, cause pain and can lead to obstruction in the bowels. Hernias may present in many places but the most common site is in the groin or around the umbilicus (belly button). Groin hernias can occur on either or both sides of the body, they are caused by the body wall being weak from birth or by over straining oneself by coughing, heavy work or sport.

What types of hernia exist?

There are several types of hernia, which are classified based on where, when and how they occur. Inguinal hernias are the most common and often called groin ruptures. These occur more frequently in men than women and usually present as discomfort or a bulge in the groin area or scrotum.

Other common types of hernia include femoral, incisional, umbilical or congenital. Symptoms of a hernia can include the feeling that something has given way, pain which wears off and a lump which gets bigger as you cough. If you think that you may have a hernia, you should seek medical advice to confirm the diagnosis.

You can reduce your chances of sustaining a hernia with a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise, avoiding straining unnecessarily and ensuring you lift heavy loads correctly by bending your knees and keeping your back straight.

What can be done to “cure” my hernia?

Whilst recent figures show that Inguinal Hernia repairs are the most common operation performed in the UK, gone are the days when this was an operation requiring hospitalisation and an extended recovery period. Today modern surgical techniques ensure that in most cases, hernia repair operations are done in under an hour and in many cases patients are allowed to go home the same day.

Medical advances in hernia surgery mean that it is no longer always necessary to have an open repair of the hernia with strong sutures used to close the defect. Whilst this technique, if done correctly, is associated with a low failure rate, it has been replaced with modern low tension “Lichtenstein” type mesh repairs. Patients experience a lot less pain, quicker recovery time and a lower failure rate.

Hernias can be repaired using an open cutting type operation, however in many cases, it is also possible to have the repair done using keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery which has the advantage that the operation is performed through 3 small holes less than 1cm long resulting in minimal scarring and much less pain.

What operation is best for me?

At your initial consultation, you will be asked to give an account of the events which led up to you noticing a bulge or developing pain. A clinical examination will then be able to determine what type of hernia you actually have. If the diagnosis is not clear then you may be required to have an ultrasound scan to fully evaluate the hernia. This enables the surgeon to plan the correct surgical procedure and ensure you are fully aware of what to expect following your operation.

 In many cases, laparoscopic surgery may be the preferred option. However in some complex hernias such as large inguinal and incisional hernias, the older style open surgery may actually be the safest option with the best chance of success.

Once the hernia has been fully evaluated, the correct and most suitable repair techniques for your hernia will be discussed with you. You can then ask questions and the surgical options available for your type of hernia will be explained.

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