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Inguinal Hernia

An inguinal hernia is a type of hernia that occurs in the groin. A hernia itself is a defect in a strong connective tissue layer through which tissue can protrude.  Sometimes, particularly if bowel protrudes through this defect, or hernia, it can get stuck and very occasionally lose its blood supply. This would obviously be an emergency.

By using either laparoscopic or the more traditional “open” technique, the contents of the hernia are reduced and the hernia repaired using a variety of different available mesh and fixation devices.

This is usually pretty minor surgery and you would generally be able to go home the following day and occasionally same day of surgery may be appropriate.

Apart from a very small chance of bleeding or wound infection, there is a very small chance of recurrence of the hernia (usually 1-2%).

Femoral Hernia

A femoral hernia is a type of hernia that occurs in the groin, but usually in a slightly different spot than the more common inguinal hernia. A hernia itself is a defect in a strong connective tissue layer through which tissue can protrude.  Sometimes, particularly if bowel protrudes through this defect, or hernia, it can get stuck and very occasionally lose its blood supply. This would obviously be an emergency.

By using either laparoscopic or the more traditional “open” technique, the contents of the hernia are reduced and the hernia repaired using a variety of different available mesh and fixation devices.

This is usually pretty minor surgery and you would generally be able to go home the following day and occasionally same day of surgery may be appropriate. Apart from a very small chance of bleeding or wound infection, there is a very small chance of recurrence of the hernia (usually 1-2%).

Umbilical Hernia

An umbilical hernia is a hernia that occurs at the belly button. A hernia itself is a defect in a strong connective tissue layer through which tissue can protrude.  Sometimes, particularly if bowel protrudes through this defect, or hernia, it can get stuck and very occasionally lose its blood supply. This would obviously be an emergency.

By using either laparoscopic or the more traditional “open” technique, the contents of the hernia are reduced and the hernia repaired using a variety of different available mesh and fixation devices.

This is usually pretty minor surgery and you would generally be able to go home the following day and occasionally same day of surgery may be appropriate.

Apart from a very small chance of bleeding or wound infection, there is a very small chance of recurrence of the hernia (usually 1-2%).

Ventral Hernia

A ventral hernia is a hernia that occurs on the abdominal wall. A hernia itself is a defect in a strong connective tissue layer through which tissue can protrude.  Sometimes, particularly if bowel protrudes through this defect, or hernia, it can get stuck and very occasionally lose its blood supply. This would obviously be an emergency.

By using either laparoscopic or the more traditional “open” technique, the contents of the hernia are reduced and the hernia repaired using a variety of different available mesh and fixation devices.

This is usually pretty minor surgery and you would generally be able to go home the following day and occasionally same day of surgery may be appropriate. Apart from a very small chance of bleeding or wound infection, there is a very small chance of recurrence of the hernia (usually 1-2%).

Incisional Hernia

An incisional hernia is a hernia that occurs after a previous operation, usually related to the scar from the surgery. These may range from being very small to very large and complex hernias. A hernia itself is a defect in a strong connective tissue layer through which tissue can protrude.  Sometimes, particularly if bowel protrudes through this defect, or hernia, it can get stuck and very occasionally lose its blood supply. This would obviously be an emergency.

By using either laparoscopic or the more traditional “open” technique, the contents of the hernia are reduced and the hernia repaired using a variety of different available mesh and fixation devices.

Since these hernias can range from being small to very large, the surgery required to repair them also ranges from being minor to quite complex, and could potentially require longer recovery times. I would obviously discuss this with you beforehand.

Apart from a very small chance of bleeding or wound infection, there is a very small chance of recurrence of the hernia (usually 1-2%)

Parastomal Hernia

A parastomal hernia is a hernia that occurs around a stoma (colostomy or ileostomy following previous bowel surgery). A hernia itself is a defect in a strong connective tissue layer through which tissue can protrude.  Sometimes, particularly if bowel protrudes through this defect, or hernia, it can get stuck and very occasionally lose its blood supply. This would obviously be an emergency.

By using either laparoscopic or the more traditional “open” technique, the contents of the hernia are reduced and the hernia repaired using a variety of different available mesh and fixation devices.

These hernias can be quite challenging to manage and the surgery can vary from being relatively minor to quite complex, and could potentially require longer recovery times, formation of a new stoma site or occasionally reversal of the stoma if appropriate. I would obviously discuss all this with you beforehand.

Apart from a very small chance of bleeding or wound infection, there is a very small chance of recurrence of the hernia (usually 1-2%).