Hernia repair: how is it performed?
Hernia repair is needed when intestine or fatty tissue pushes through a weak spot in the muscular structure of your abdomen and causes symptoms of pain and/or discomfort.
If you need hernia repair surgery, we will ensure that you receive the best possible care. Your surgeon will make recommendations about the most suitable surgery type for your situation: open or laparoscopic surgery.
During your procedure, your surgeon will dissect and define the hernia. Once the content of the hernia has been pushed back into the abdominal cavity, one of the various techniques is used to repair the hernia opening. A common technique uses a surgical mesh, which supports the healing tissue so the area of hernia repair is strengthened. This is important to reduce the risk of recurrence.
If you have been diagnosed with a hernia, our specialist surgeons will assist you with clear information on the nature of your hernia, and on the recommended surgery technique for your hernia repair. Our experienced Perth surgeons have been safely and routinely performing hernia repair surgeries for a wide variety of hernia types. The most common type of hernia is an inguinal hernia. Other types of hernia include incisional (in the scar of a previous surgery), femoral (lower groin), umbilical (belly button), epigastric (on the midline above the umbilicus) and hiatal (upper stomach) hernias.
At The Surgeons Collective, we work together as a team leading surgeons to enable reduced wait times, and to work out the best possible surgical care plan for your hernia procedure.
Hernia repair techniques
The decision about the surgery type (open surgery or using keyhole surgery) is made based on the size and location of your hernia. This is why it is essential to get specialist advice from a team of experienced surgeons. Based on their expertise, our surgeons will discuss the most suitable and most comfortable approach and surgery type with you. We then ensure that you get a personalised surgical care plan, adapted to your situation and needs.
With hernia repair using mesh, there are a couple of techniques to put the mesh in place. For example, if you are undergoing an open surgery, the mesh can be placed directly under or over the hernia repair site for reinforcement. Your surgeon will then use sutures to hold it in position, avoiding any tension on the muscles.
With a keyhole surgery (laparoscopic surgery), the mesh is attached from inside your abdomen, using 3 small incisions instead of one. Patients experience laparoscopic surgery as beneficial, because of the reduced surgery time and lower discomfort levels in recovery.
Abdominal wall reconstruction
When you have had a very large hernia and your abdominal wall has weakened, you may need an abdominal wall reconstruction. It's a complex surgical procedure which we use to restructure the tissues and restore the integrity of the abdominal wall.
Whatever the type of hernia surgery you require, you can count on our many years of experience providing excellence in surgical care, as well as our personalised support and kindness when planning your surgery and your aftercare program.
Your hernia repair surgery will always be planned so it suits your personal needs. If you have any questions in regards to hernia surgery, please contact our friendly reception team at The Surgeons Collective in Perth.
What to expect with hernia surgery?
Hernia repair is performed under a general anaesthetic and you would be in hospital only for the day, or with one overnight stay. Larger or more complex hernia repairs (such as large incisional hernias) may require a longer hospital stay.
A certain level of discomfort is an expected outcome following any form of surgery and will depend on the type, size, location and surgical techniques that are used. Laparoscopic surgery has the benefit of reducing the post-operative pain, however it may not be possible for certain circumstances. For example, if you are on anticoagulation medication, if you suffer from a large complex hernia, if you have had multiple abdominal surgeries, or suffer from poor overall medical fitness. In that case, open surgery may be advised.
At The Surgeons Collective, we follow up with a personalised care plan after your surgery. Your surgeon will advise to avoid strenuous activities for up to 4-6 weeks. After a hernia repair, you may be asked to use prescribed pain medication, to maintain regular bowel habits without straining (some pain medication containing opioids can cause constipation, so you may need extra medication to stimulate regular bowel movements). It’s important to have enough fibre in your diet and to drink enough water. This is where your dietitian at The Surgeons Collective will help you make the right dietary choices to support your recovery.
It is important to be aware of the general risks that come with any type of surgery. Your surgeon will explain these general risks, such as the risk of infection, bleeding or bruising. In rare situations, a patient is required to return to theatre when there is chronic pain caused by entrapped nerves or inflammation around sutures. The risk of recurrence after your hernia surgery is lower than 1%. At The Surgeons Collective, you can count on our total commitment to delivering excellent outcomes, and our team will be by your side to provide support and care.
Why The Surgeons Collective in Perth?
When you consider the options for a hernia repair surgery, it is important to see a specialist surgeon to get the best treatment. Why come to The Surgeons Collective Perth?
Without exception, we are here for you. Some of our strengths as a multi-disciplinary team are:
An experienced team of Perth based surgeons. They have been performing hernia surgery for many years and use the latest laparoscopic and minimally invasive technology to deliver excellent surgical outcomes.
We ensure all our patients receive a personalised and caring experience before, during and after their surgery. Patient comfort, kindness and trust are at the forefront of everything we do at our clinic.
One of our key priorities is to reduce the wait times to see our doctors. We go out of our way to ensure that your surgical care plan is organised in the timeliest manner, specific and convenient to your needs.
Please feel free to call The Surgeons Collective in Perth on (08) 6163 2800 with your enquiry, we will be happy to hear from you.