General Surgery

Hernia

A hernia may occur when there is weak spot or tear in the muscles of the abdominal wall. Internal organs such as the intestines can bulge through the defect resulting in a lump you can feel under your skin.

They can be uncomfortable and annoying and they may not cause a major problem but sometimes small intestine can get stuck resulting in damage to the internal organs

They can present at birth but more often develop over time due to strain on the abdominal muscles. Symptoms can be aggravated by straining, heavy lifting, coughing, constipation and obesity.

Most herniae arise in the groin but can also present anywhere in the abdomen such as the belly button (umbilicus) or at the site of a previous abdominal operation.

Surgery to repair Hernias

Inguinal and femoral hernias can be repaired laparoscopically (keyhole) with 3 small incisions, inserting a small mesh patch to prevent recurrence.

Umbilical, epigastric and incisional hernias can be repaired by open or laparoscopic surgery depending on the site and size.

Most patients undergoing hernia surgery will go home the same day or spend 1 to 2 nights in hospital depending on the procedure. Dr Ghosh will discuss your condition in depth focusing on the risks and benefits of the type of operation you decide on. You will also be supplied with a detailed information booklet on your condition and the surgical options that are available.