Hernia Stomach Surgery

Hernia Stomach Surgery

A hernia is something that occurs when an organ such as a part of the intestine pushes through a weakness in the muscle of the abdominal wall. There are different kinds of hernia that can occur; the two most common are the inguinal hernia and the femoral hernia. Hernia stomach surgery operations to repair a hernia are common in the UK and are carried out over a hundred thousand times per year.

Although a hernia may not be dangerous, the longer one is left untreated the more chance there is of it becoming painful and possibly leading to a serious, life-threatening condition.

Visiting a GP about the hernia

The first step in getting treatment for a hernia is to visit your local GP. The GP will be able to discuss any pain you are feeling and examine you to check if a hernia is present. A hernia may appear in the groin when you lift or strain, the GP will examine the hernia and will recommend surgery if required. Many hernias require repair as leaving them untreated can lead to complications. The GP can refer you to a hospital for treatment.

Consultancy with surgeon

When you visit the hospital for treatment you will undergo a consultancy before any hernia stomach surgery takes place. At the consultancy the surgeon will explain the surgical procedure and how you can prepare for the operation. The surgeon will also be able to answer any questions and queries you may have and put your mind at rest regarding the risks that come with surgery.

Before surgery takes place

All hernia operations are carried out under anaesthesia, general anaesthesia is the preferred choice which means that you will remain asleep during the operation, however there is the option of local anaesthesia which will numb the area but allow you to remain awake throughout the operation. The surgeon will recommend the type of anaesthetic that is best suited to you.

A sedative may also be given by some surgeons that will allow you to remain calm during the procedure; this is only offered to those that are under local anaesthesia.

Types of operation

Hernia stomach surgery generally takes around 30-50 minutes and is done as a day case. The surgeon will recommend which kind of surgery is better suited to you; this will be either open surgery or keyhole surgery.

Open surgery is the least preferred method of the two as it carries has a longer recovery period, the procedure is done by the surgeon making one large incision of about 5-10 mm in the groin, the bulge is pushed back into place and mesh is stitched over the weak spot to strengthen it.

Hernia stomach surgery using the keyhole technique uses only small incisions of around 1- 2 cm and uses a laparoscope and camera which relays images onto a video screen so that the surgeon can see where he is working, the method of pushing the bulge back into place and using mesh is the same as in open surgery.