What is Hernia?
A hernia is an abnormal protrusion of abdominal organ(s) through a weakness or defect in the abdominal wall.
What are common types of Hernia?
Commonest hernia occurs in the groin (inguinal) region. This area is prone to developing hernias because the abdominal muscle there is usually thinner and weaker than in other parts.
Next most common form of hernia are in the umbilical (belly button) region. This is also a common area of weakness.
3. Surgical Incision
Hernias also commonly occur over previous abdominal wounds (surgical incision sites).
What problems do Hernias cause?
Hernias often cause pain or discomfort. They may limit the sufferer’s lifestyle and mobility affecting their quality of life.
Sometimes dangerous complications may result when intestine gets caught within the hernia. The caught intestine may become unhealthy and rupture inside, resulting in life threatening infection when this occurs.
How are Hernias treated?
Unfortunately, there is no medicine that can fix or repair hernias. Surgery is the only way to physically repair the weakness in the abdominal wall that causes the hernia.
Hernia surgery is a very commonly performed operation, so the technique for repair is very well established. The usual methods of repair are either by open surgery or laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery. Usually laparoscopic surgery is a better operation in terms of post surgery pain, comfort, hospital stay and return to work.
However, laparoscopic surgery is a harder operation for a surgeon to master and gain proficiency than open surgery. It takes much more practice for a hernia surgeon to be able to perform a good laparoscopic hernia treatment than a good open repair. Hence a laparoscopic hernia treatment surgery is only better than an open hernia treatment surgery in experienced hands.
In fact, there is evidence to show that in inexperienced hands, laparoscopic repair may have a higher failure (recurrence) rate and complication rate.
If you are looking for a hernia surgeon, contact Dr Ng today.
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