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What is a hernia?

A hernia occurs when an organ or fatty tissue squeezes through a weak spot in surrounding muscle or connective tissue called fascia. The most common types of hernia are inguinal (inner groin), incisional (resulting from an incision), femoral (outer groin), umbilical (belly button), and hiatal (upper stomach).

How does one get a hernia?

  1. Congenital
    Congenital hernias develop before you are born and are present at birth, and may not be diagnosed for weeks, months or even years. A hernia that develops much later in life may actually result from a weakness that you have had since you were a baby.

  2. Acquired
    Acquired hernias develop when the muscles, or connective tissue, in your abdomen are weakened or damaged during your lifetime, and the body’s natural cycle of tissue breakdown and repair is disrupted.

Hernia Symptoms

The most common sign of a hernia is a soft swelling or bulge under your skin. The type of hernia you have will determine where the bulge appears on your body. Some hernias can only be seen when you stand up, and may disappear completely when you lie down. Others may only be visible when you strain your muscles by coughing, sneezing, laughing, bending or lifting.

When an organ, such as your intestine (bowel), pushes through the abdominal wall, there is a small risk it could become trapped. This is known as an incarcerated hernia. If your hernia is trapped outside of the abdominal wall, you won‘t be able to push it back into your abdomen, and it may feel hard and be very painful. In such a situation, one may require immediate medical attention.

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Hernia Treatment & Surgery

Hernia repair surgery is one of the world’s most common surgical procedures. Hernia surgery can help to relieve pain, return the hernia abdominal organs to their correct place and, strengthen the weak muscle area.

A hernia operation usually takes around an hour as a day case procedure. It can be performed by:

  • Open surgery - under general anaesthesia, an incision usually around 2.5 to 3 inches is made to your skin near your hernia and your surgeon will push your hernia back into your abdomen. Commonly, a mesh is placed over the defect and fixed using fine stitches. The mesh acts like a scaffold and your own tissue will grow through the mesh to reinforce the weakened area without putting tension on the surrounding tissues.
  • Keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery - under general anaesthesia, three smaller incisions are made to allow your surgeon to use a less invasive technique using various special instruments including a tiny telescopic camera to repair your hernia. A mesh is then be used to strengthen your abdominal wall.

Our Surgeon

Dr Sujit Singh Gill - Veins Specialist Dr Sujit is an experienced general surgeon who has a special interest in hernia surgery. He utilises the latest technologies and is innovative in his approach to maximize patients’ comfort and recovery.

If hernia surgery is recommended for your condition, Dr Sujit will advise on the most appropriate type of surgery based on the location and severity of your hernia.
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