An inguinal hernia is due to a protrusion of bowel or other abdominal contents through a weakening in the groin. Hernia may occur on either side or on both sides.

They occur more commonly in men but women are also affected. In men, the descent of the testicles through the groin leaves the area weak. Hernias occur at any age from newborns to the very elderly.

The operation

    There are two ways to fix an inguinal hernia

  • Open technique
  • Laparoscopic or “Key-hole” surgery technique (not suitable for everyone)

There is very little difference in recovery between the two techniques. Both methods are currently very acceptable.

In open inguinal hernia repair, a small cut is made over the lump. Then the contents of the hernia lump are reduced and placed back in the abdomen. A “tension free” repair is then performed to cover the hole that the hernia has come through. This is done by inserting a soft nylon “mesh”. This mesh acts like a frame, for your body to grow strong fibrous tissue into and repair the defect. The mesh used partially absorbs over time and you will not feel it.

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  • after discharge

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