Hernias (general)

This operation is to fix any weakness in your tissue that may be causing you discomfort or pain,  or a lump poking through the skin.

Q: Why do I need this operation?

Like other hernias, you may experience discomfort or pain, or you can see a lump.

Q: How do I know for sure that I have the condition therefore need this operation?

Depending on the hernia, after your surgeon examines you, you may require an ultrasound or a CT scan to confirm this.

Q: What scar will I have and what does the procedure involve?

Depending on where and how big the hernia is, the scar will either be over the hernia or if it was done keyhole then the scars will be where the keyhole cuts wil be.

Q: What anaesthetic will I have and do I have a choice?

You usually need a general anaesthetic for this.

Q: What are the possible complications and what are the chances that they will occur?

Complications are rare and are similar to other other hernia repairs such as bleeding and infection. Keep in mind that the bigger the hernia, the more likely that it may come back after the operation.

Q: Should I not be doing certain things after the operation?

Like all hernia repairs, you should not do any heavy lifting.