If left untreated, hernias can result in excruciating pain. Some hernias can even be life-threatening. There are different kinds of hernia surgeries which provide various options for hernia repair. Our skilled medical team can advise you on the best treatment to suit your circumstances and perform the necessary hernia surgery in Brisbane if required.
An abdominal hernia is a weakness of the abdominal wall where there may be a defect with bowel or fat content passing through the defect. Often a bulge may be felt under the skin, particularly with standing, coughing or straining, which may go away again when lying down and relaxed.
Hernias can occur nearly anywhere in the abdomen internally, on the abdominal wall, flank and even the back. Most commonly, hernias are in the groin (inguinal) and belly button (umbilicus). A hernia can potentially be serious if the bowel has become stuck in the hernia and is getting strangulated. In these situations, there is usually severe pain and the patient may be unwell. Situations like these are an emergency and should be addressed with urgency.
Today, most hernia surgeries are performed using surgical mesh to reinforce the repair. This is because if the hernia has occurred because of weak tissue, repairing the hole with the same thin, weak tissue will risk the hernia recurring.
Surgical mesh may be placed inside the abdomen or sandwiched between the layers of the abdominal wall or muscles. Surgery may be done with keyhole surgery, open surgery, or both (hybrid).
The surgical procedure and aftercare will vary according to the method used, but we will first assess your case to determine which method is suitable. Before your procedure, we will speak to you about any potential risks that are associated with the procedure as well as the method that will be used. We will also advise you on any aftercare that may be required post-surgery.
After a hernia surgery, bruising and swelling are not uncommon. Seroma (straw-coloured fluid your body makes) may accumulate in the space where the hernia used to be. Urinary retention can occur after groin hernia surgery. Otherwise, major bleeding, infection, and ongoing chronic pain are uncommon or rare.
If you require a hiatus hernia surgery or an inguinal hernia surgery in Brisbane, our experienced surgeons are available to help. Book a consultation with us to get started. However, if you are experiencing serious pain or have any major concerns, we recommend you see a doctor as soon as possible to assess your case.
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