Hernia Surgery

What is a Hernia?

If the muscles of the abdomen weaken or tear, an organ such as the intestine can push through and form a balloon-shaped pouch structure called a "sac". This sac forms when the abdominal lining (peritoneum) forces through the weak spot.

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Normally, this sac is seen as a bulge under the patient's skin when the patient is standing up. It is usually detectable when it is about the size of a marble.

In addition to pain, a hernia is often aggravated by chronic coughing, constipation, or heavy lifting. A hernia usually gets worse over time.

While both hernias are common in both men and female, 1 in 20 men will develop a hernia in a lifetime. 9 out of 10 of these hernias occur in the groin area.

Types of Hernia

Groin area

Abdomen area

Hernia Repair Surgery

Hernia operations are one of the most common surgical operations performed and if neglected, a hernia will usually increase in size. Sometimes this will lead to a serious issue such as strangulation of the intestine. This is a life-threatening complication and requires immediate surgery.

Dr Golani has performed a large number of hernia surgeries and has published research about Hernia repair. He specialises in Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery. This is a minimally invasive approach which has an advantage over open surgery as it only requires three or four small incisions in the abdomen versus the large single incision of open surgery. Most patients will experience less pain, a quicker recovery and a shorter hospital stay with laparoscopic surgery.

The hernia surgery may use a thin, soft mesh (made of plastic or other materials) to make the repair stronger and last longer. Your tissues will grow over the mesh as the area heals. The mesh becomes part of the body, giving strength and support to the abdominal muscles in future.

Due to various issues hernia can reoccur over time. The use of mesh in hernia repair surgery was been shown in clinical research over the last 30 years to reduce reoccurrence.

Important Points to Remember:

  • No driving for 5 days post-discharge from hospital
  • Your dressings are waterproof so you can shower as normal.
  • Do not sit/soak in a bath for 7 days.
  • Leave your dressings in place for 7 days and can be removed by the yourself
  • Bruising and intermittent pain may continue for a few days
  • Lifting weights may cause complications in your hernia repair. Limit lifting anything heavier than 8kgs for 4 weeks post-surgery. Additionally, you should not lift anything heavier than 15kgs for a further 4 weeks post-surgery
  • Use regular fibre supplement such a Metamucil will help avoid constipation
  • Walking unrestricted is allowed post discharge
  • Cycling/running/swimming is allowed 2 weeks post discharge
  • No special diet post-surgery is required to be followed.
  • Make an appointment to see Dr Golani 4 weeks post-surgery.

Frequently asked Questions about Hernia Surgery

Understanding the Costs of Hernia Surgery

We understand that the idea of surgery and its associated costs can be overwhelming. To get a better understanding of potential costs, you can review information about hospital and insurance options here. Please note that an initial consultation is necessary to confirm your diagnosis. Once your diagnosis is confirmed, we can provide a more detailed cost estimate for your surgery.

Is Hernia Surgery Dangerous?

Hernia surgery is generally considered very low risk especially when it is done electively, rather than as an emergency procedure. Of course, all surgeries have risks associated with them. The most common risks following Hernia surgery is bruising, infection, collection of fluid (seromas) or collection of blood (haematoma) at the incision site. This is why where possible a laparoscopic surgery is recommended for Dr Golani's patients. Please discuss your medical history with Dr Golani to get a more detailed view of the risks related to your surgery.

What If a Hernia Is Left Untreated?

It is important to note that a hernia will not improve without surgery. If a hernia is left untreated, it can lead to serious complications. Here are some potential consequences: