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Hernia Surgery

  • What is a hernia surgery?

    A hernia refers to the protrusion (bulge) of an organ through a weakened section of the abdominal wall, and often results as a visible lump or bulge. The most common location for a hernia is the groin (inguinal hernia), but it can also form in other areas. Other common hernias include paraumbilical hernias (which develop either sides of the navel) and incisional hernias (which occur at various abdominal sites following abdominal surgery).

    Surgery is the main treatment for hernias and the specific procedure will depend on the location of the hernia. It might involve making an cut in the abdomen to return the abdominal contents to the abdominal cavity. Stitches and nylon meshes are used to close and strengthen the weakened area of the abdominal muscle. Inguinal hernias (at the groin) are usually treated using minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. This procedure uses a flexible and slender instrument, called a laparoscope, which is inserted through a small cut in the groin, repairing the hernia from the inside and without the need for a large cut in the abdomen.

  • Consult your doctor if you suffer from an abnormal lump or a bulge at the groin area, or if you suspect you have hernia. Your doctor will evaluate your condition and advise you to have a surgery to repair your hernia.

    • The surgery can be performed under general or regional anaesthesia, depending on your condition.
    • In younger patients who don’t suffer significant medical problems like diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) or cardiovascular (heart) diseases, day surgery can be performed.
    • Elderly patients and those with serious health problems, might need to be admitted a day before the surgery and might need to stay a day or two after to monitor their conditions.
    • If left untreated, hernias can worsen and lead to serious complications like strangulation or obstruction (blockage). A strangulated hernia can lead to severe pain, nausea and vomiting. It may not be treatable and can be potentially fatal.
  • At Mount Elizabeth Hospitals, we are committed to giving you comprehensive care. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists, nurses and therapists are here to guide you through the entire treatment and recovery process. Enquire to find out about the range of services we offer.  

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