FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
— What causes hernias?
All hernias are the result of a combination of pressure and a weakness in the muscle or the fascia which holds the organs in place. The pressure pushes an organ or tissue through the weak spot. Sometimes this weakness is present at birth, but it can also occur later on in life. Factors that can increase the risk of developing a hernia include chronic cough, medical conditions that result in prolonged constipation or repetitive vomiting, obesity and straining such as during childbirth.
— What are the signs of a strangulated hernia?
You should seek immediate medical attention for a strangulated hernia; the symptoms include nausea and vomiting, fever, sudden sharp pain in the abdomen or groin, a red, purple or dark-coloured bulge and constipation.
— What is the recovery like after a hernia repair procedure?
After the surgery, you’ll be encouraged to move about as soon as possible, but it might be several weeks before you’re able to resume normal activities. Laparoscopic repair usually means less discomfort and a quicker return to normal activities.