A hernia can be painful and uncomfortable, but not always; they occur when an internal organ is pushed through the tissue wall or a weakness in the surrounding muscle.
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Depending on the location of the hernia, movement is often restricted and certain activities, such as lifting, are prevented. They are very easy to fix in our state-of-the-art operating theatre and the recovery time is minimal.
Inguinal hernia – This is the most common type of hernia and although they can affect both men and women of all ages, they typically occur in men. A swelling in the groin area is created when fatty tissue or part of the bowel, such as the intestine, pokes through to the top of the inner thigh. When pressure in the abdomen is increased, for example, when lifting something or coughing, the weakness in the surrounding abdominal wall can cause a hernia. During surgery, the protruding organ is pushed back into position and the abdominal wall strengthened; the procedure is minimally invasive and you would be able to recover in the comfort of your own home.
Umbilical hernia – Similarly to an inguinal hernia, an umbilical hernia occurs when an internal organ protrudes due to a weakness in the surrounding muscle or tissue. The difference is that the umbilical hernia appears near to the navel area, commonly known as the bellybutton. This type of hernia is most common in young children and often will go back into place and the tissue or muscle will reseal naturally, however, in some cases, this weakness will develop into adulthood. There is usually no pain, and surgeons will often recommend that a child wait until the age of 4 before considering surgery. In adulthood, an umbilical hernia can occur through coughing, lifting, being overweight, as well as multiple pregnancies. A minimally invasive surgical procedure, using a local anaesthetic and sedation, can be performed and the lump is pushed back into position and the abdominal wall will be strengthened.
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