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Hernia is a general term for a bulge or protrusion of an organ through a part of the body in which it is usually contained.
There are many different kinds of hernias. The most familiar are those that occur in the abdomen. In this type of hernia, a part of the intestines protrudes (sticks out) through the wall of the abdomen. An abdominal hernia can occur in different areas. The name given to the hernia depends on the location in which it occurs. Some examples of abdominal hernias are the following:
The surgical treatment for hernia is relatively simple. The hernia is pushed back into the abdominal cavity. A mesh is inserted over the weakened muscle lying on top of the hernia and is sewed back into place.
I employ a 3cm 'keyhole incision' to insert a special double layered mesh illustrated in the pictures above which is stapled in. The procedure can also be performed under a local anaesthetic.
The advantages of this technique are:
This method has all the advantages of laparoscopic hernia repairs and is safer with much lower recurrence rate.
Information provided by Mr Dhiren Nehra MPhil. FRCS