Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
A hernia occurs when fatty tissue or an internal organ pushes through muscle or surrounding tissue wall.
In the case of an inguinal hernia, either fatty tissue or a part of the bowel will poke through into the groin area. This then appears as a lump or swelling.
This type of hernia is most likely to occur in men. There are multiple causes for it. Sometimes, the inguinal hernia will occur as a result of ageing, as the muscles around the abdomen become weaker. The hernia can also occur when too much pressure is placed on the abdomen, or even from a heavy, persistent cough.
While it isn’t always necessary, if you are experiencing physical pain from the hernia, you may wish to undergo surgery to fix the hernia.
You will be a suitable candidate for hernia repair if you:
Surgery will be able to improve any pain and complications. However, there is a chance the hernia may return again in the future.
There are three different methods for an inguinal hernia repair. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will be able to advise which method is the best for your hernia.
An inguinal hernia repair is performed as a day case, so you will be able to return home on the same day, once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
It is normal to feel some minor pain and discomfort following inguinal hernia repair. You may wish to take medication to help with any symptoms.
It is important to take care of the wound. You will have stitches and a dressing applied. You will need to ensure you keep the area dry and clean in order to avoid any infections occurring.
You will be able to resume driving and light physical activities after two weeks. You will be able to resume your usual daily routine after six weeks.
An inguinal hernia is the most common type of hernia. It will appear as swelling or a lump in the groin area. It occurs when either fatty tissue or part of the bowel pokes through into the groin.
For some people, this will cause physical pain, while others will be pain-free.
Surgery is only necessary if the hernia is causing you physical pain, you have ongoing symptoms or you have other complications, such as obstruction and strangulation of the bowel.
Inguinal hernia repair is performed under a general anaesthetic exclusively used at Centre for Surgery known as ClearSleep™. This means you will not be awake during the procedure.
Inguinal hernia repair takes one to two hours to complete, depending on the technique used.
Hernia repair is performed as a day clinic, so you will be able to return home the same day as the procedure, once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
You will be able to resume driving after two weeks.
You can start light exercises after two weeks. You will be able to resume your usual exercise regime after six weeks.