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Abdominal Hernia Repair

Abdominal Hernias

A tear in the inner lining of the abdominal wall allows internal organs, fat and/or tissue to bulge through the opening in the vicinity of the abdominal area. This protrusion can sometimes be pushed back into place with some external pressure from the hand making the bulge "disappear". A hernia like this is referred to reducible. Alternatively a hernia which cannot be pushed back in place is referred to as non-reducible.

Some abdominal hernias can go untreated for many years with no ill effects however other abdominal hernias can result in complications such as strangulation if left untreated. This occurs when the intestine or organ protruding through the abdominal wall may become stragulated by the muscles surrounding the hernia, cutting off blood supply or preventing the function of the intestines. If strangulation occurs it can be extremely painful and in some cases require emergency surgery to repair the hernia and correct the strangulation.

Laparoscopic Hernia Repair Surgery

Laparoscopic hernia repair for abdominal hernias is by far the best option for treatment. After a successful recovery from the surgery the discomfort and the progression of the hernia will cease and in almost all cases patients can go back to normal activities with no side effects.

The surgery itself is performed using a fibre optic viewing tube and special surgical instruments which allow the surgeon performing the procedure to make small incisions which reduces the risk of complications. Traditional "open surgery" hernia repairs require larger incisions and so increase the risk of complications such as infection and extended recovery times significantly. Laparoscopic hernia surgery generally only require 3 small incisions of around 10mm which leaves minimal scarring with these scars fading over time.