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Expert Abdominal and Groin Hernias Treatment in Sydney

What is a hernia?

  • A hernia is a condition where there is an abnormal protrusion of the abdominal cavity’s contents, through a weakness in the wall of the cavity.
  • Sites: Hernia can happen anywhere. Most commonly in the groin and abdominal wall risk factors: Males, elderly age, obesity, immunocompromised state, frequent coughing, trauma and previous operation of the abdominal wall

When to seek surgical help?

  • Hernia needs repair when they cause symptoms or gets bigger.
  • Common symptoms: Visible lump at rest or on straining, pain and a lump that increases in size (e.g., groin lump extending into the scrotum)
  • Pain in a visible lump could be a sign of obstruction or strangulation which is a surgical emergency.

What is the management of a hernia?

  • The management depends on a few factors including the nature of the presentation (emergency or elective), the site of the hernia and the fitness of the patients (existing medical conditions).
  • Best outcomes are achieved when operations are performed in an elective setting after optimisation of medical conditions and lifestyle that decreases the chances of the hernia coming back.
  • Investigation: CT scan may be required in cases of large or recurrent hernia prior to operation
  • Optimisation: This includes weight loss (bariatric surgery), smoking cessation, nutritional optimisation and control of chronic diseases such as diabetes.
  • The approach varies from open, hybrid to key-hole operations depending on the site of the hernia and whether it is a primary or recurrent hernia.
  • Mesh is used to re-enforcing the weak abdominal wall to reduce the chance of recurrence.
  • Recurrence: The chance of recurrence varies from 2% (primary groin hernia) to 30-40% (recurrent abdominal wall hernia). Optimisation of the patient’s condition is the key to reducing the recurrence.

What to expect after surgery?

  • Hospital stay depends on the approach to operation and the site of operation.
  • This can range from same-day discharge for a keyhole operation for a groin hernia to a few days in a complex abdominal wall hernia.
  • The patient is recommended not to lift heavy weights for at least 4-6 weeks up to as long as 3 months in complex hernias and wear a support belt during the recovery period, although light duties could be started as early as one week.

Are you or a loved one in Sydney or South-Western Sydney, NSW, suffering from abdominal or groin hernias?

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