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Hernia Treatment Options

The only effective treatment for hernias is surgery. Previous methods such as hernia belts or other methods designed to hold the hernia in place provide only short term relief and will not enable growth of skin over the hernia site to prevent the hernia protruding.

Surgical options are either laparoscopic hernia repair where the hernia site is accessed by keyhole surgery with a camera and surgical tools inserted through small incisions, or open surgery where the site is opened and repaired with direct sight by the surgeon.  

The Hernia Operation

Once the hernia is accessed during surgery, the options are to suture the hernia by pulling the muscles back together or to use mesh to prevent the protrusion, with the skin eventually growing over the mesh for increased reinforcement and minimal reoccurrence. The use of mesh has become the most popular technique and is our chosen method of hernia repair. Mesh repair allows for faster recovery periods and much lower reoccurrence.

Different surgeons prefer open surgery and others prefer laparoscopic repair. Our surgeons have pioneered the laparoscopic technique and have trained many other surgeons over the last couple of years, even travelling to Da Nang in Vietnam to train surgeons using simple equipment to perform hernia repairs laparoscopically.

Laparoscopic hernia repair has the following benefits; 

  •  Less pain for the patient post-surgery 
  •  Quicker recovery time leads to an early return to everyday activities 
  •  Shorter operative time
  •  Lower risk of infection
  •  Lower risk of bleeding during surgery
  •  No additional incisions to repair bilateral hernias if discovered during surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is performed under general anaesthetic with most patients able to leave hospital the same day as their surgery, with return to normal work duties from 3 days post surgery for sedentary roles or 2 weeks for manual labourers.

Our surgeons perform laparoscopic repairs in all cases where possible, with open surgery being used occasionally for particularly large hernias or for patients who are unable to tolerate general anaesthetic. Find more information about the hernia operation.