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A hernia is when an organ (frequently bowel) protrudes through the wall of the cavity that contains it.

The most common hernias are:

  • Groin (inguinal and femoral)
  • Umbilical or para-umbilical (belly button and around it)
  • Incisional (from previous surgery)

Most of the time they can be surgically repaired by keyhole surgery (also known as laparoscopic surgery). Mesh may or may not be used, depending on the hernia found at the time or surgery.

For simple hernias, most people are discharged from hospital the day after surgery. There is usually no dietary restrictions following hernia surgery. But there are restrictions on lifting and other physical activities. These will be discussed at the time of consultation and after your surgery.

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Different types of hernias

Different types of hernia
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