What is Hernia?

The abdominal wall is made up of different muscle layers . When an area of weakness develops in these muscles, tissues that are contained within our abdomen may protrude through these areas of weakness resulting in the formation of a hernia. There are different types of hernias but most of them occur in the abdominal wall or groin area.

Dr Ng's Expertise in Hernia Surgery

When to Seek Medical Advice?

If you suspect you may have a hernia or are experiencing symptoms such as a lump, pain, or discomfort in the abdomen and / or groin, please consult with our experienced hernia surgeons. 

Importantly, if you notice sudden changes in your hernia such as severe pain, discoloration over the hernia, vomiting, abdominal bloating or difficulty passing stool or gas, please seek immediate medical attention, as these symptoms may indicate a hernia emergency. 

A hernia is a highly treatable condition. With timely treatment, potentially serious complications can be averted while ensuring a smoother recovery. 

Your health is our priority, and we're here to provide expert guidance and care every step of the way. Don't hesitate to reach out to our dedicated team for personalised hernia evaluation and treatment options.

What Causes A Hernia

Hernias are usually caused by a combination of factors. These include: 

  • Chronic heart or lung conditions that result in persistent cough or breathlessness 
  • Intestinal conditions resulting in chronic constipation 
  • Urinary conditions that result in difficulty voiding or passing urine
  • Workplace or occupational factors such as lifting weights or heavy objects 
  • Obesity 
  • Smoking

Types of Hernias

Different categories of hernia include:

Inguinal Hernia

This is the most common type of hernia and they occur in the groin.

Umbilical Hernia

Umbilical hernias are hernias that occur around the navel or belly button.

Incisional Hernia

These are hernias that occur at previous abdominal incisions.

Symptoms of a Hernia

Hernia symptoms are usually localised to the area where the hernia occurs. Common hernia symptoms include: 

  • A bulge that is visible when you sneeze or strain 
  • A bulge that can be felt 
  • Feeling of pressure in the affected area 
  • Heavy or tugging sensation in the affected area 
  • Pain that worsens with activity 

If you notice any of these symptoms or suspect you may have a hernia, seek a consultation with your doctor as soon as possible. Seeking early treatment for a hernia can avoid potentially life threatening complications such as obstruction or strangulation.

Treatment: Hernia Repair Surgery

Should you be diagnosed with a hernia, our specialist will then discuss the various treatment options with you. The recommended treatment option for hernia is surgery. 

The goal of a hernia surgery is to return the herniated tissues / organs back to their original anatomical location. Areas of muscle weakness are also repaired using a mesh that is inserted into the abdominal wall.

Depending on the type and severity of the hernia, a surgeon may perform the following surgical options:

Open Surgery

This traditional operative technique involves making an incision over the hernia in order to repair it.

Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic hernia surgery is also known as minimally invasive or keyhole surgery. It involves making small incisions in the abdominal wall and using laparoscopic surgical equipment to repair the hernia. This method of surgery typically results in shorter recovery times and less pain compared to open surgery.

Patients who are suffering from serious health issues (such as recent heart attack) may not be suitable to undergo hernia surgery. For these patients, our specialist will prescribe a truss, which is an appliance that the patient can wear to provide added support at the hernia site.

In conclusion, the type of treatment prescribed by our specialist will be customised according to the health status of the patient.


One Surgical Hernia Surgeons

Dr Ng Chee Yung
Senior Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
Adjunct Asst Professor
Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, Singapore
Former President, Society of Colorectal Surgeons Singapore

A distinguished expert in the field of hernia surgery, Dr Ng  is renowned for his technique in performing laparoscopic hernia repair. His precision and skill have made him much sought-after by patients. 

Dr Ng is frequently invited to perform live surgery as well as speak at hernia conferences, showcasing his surgical proficiency before audiences that comprise fellow surgeons and medical professionals in the region that include, Brunei, Malaysia, and Singapore.

Dr Leonard Ho
Senior Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Dr Leonard Ho is a General and Colorectal surgeon who also specialises in hernia surgery. Over the years, Dr Ho has performed numerous hernia repair surgeries using both laparoscopic (minimally invasive) and open (traditional) techniques. Prior to joining One Surgical, Dr Ho was a senior consultant surgeon in Sengkang General Hospital as well as adjunct assistant professor of Duke NUS graduate medical school.

Dr Ng training participants in a workshop (surgery on training model) at Bangkok 2011

Dr Ng with Dr Rao and organisers at Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, Bangkok training facility 2011

Dr Ng with Dr Sathien, President of Asia-Pacific Hernia Society

Dr Ng with teaching faculty in Hernia Workshop 2012

Dr Ng with other faculty, participants and organisers in training laboratory 2012

Dr Ng with teaching faculty in Hernia Workshop 2012

Dr Ng with teaching faculty in Hernia Workshop 2012

Training workshop faculty and participants, Bangkok 2014

Dr Ng with Dr Moe Moe Tin and Dr Koh outside Yangon General Hospital, Myanmar, after performing live surgery demonstration 2014