Hernia surgery is a common operation performed typically laparoscopically (keyhole) to repair a defect in the abdominal wall that allows contents of the abdomen (typically fat) to push through it causing a bulge or lump. This can occur anywhere in the abdomen with the most common being an inguinal (groin) hernia.
Risk factors for developing a hernia are
- Previous surgery (incisional hernia)
- Heavy lifting
- Chronic coughing
- Chronic straining either passing urine or bowel motion
The hernia will typically be reducible (able to be pushed back) incarcerated (unable to be pushed back) or strangulated (blood supply compromised). Hernia pain occurs when the walls of the hernia defect are stretched during activity, or if the blood supply to the hernia contents is compromised.
The only effective method of treating the hernia is surgery, usually requiring mesh (non-absorbable reinforcement) to be placed at the time of surgery to lower the risk of it reoccurring.
If you wish to discuss further please book an appointment with Dr Rothwell.