Despite the ongoing pandemic, hernia operations have still been going ahead. While most of the time hernias are not serious, if left untreated they can lead to more serious complications. This is something that actress Kym Marsh recently discovered.
Kym Marsh has recently undergone a double hernia op after she was found to have two different types of hernia. The actress had an inguinal and a femoral hernia, both of which were removed through keyhole surgery.
What are inguinal and femoral hernias?
Inguinal and femoral are just two types of hernias you can develop. The main differences between them are the location they tend to develop and who develops them.
Inguinal hernias mostly develop in men at the top of the inner thigh, poking through the groin. They are situated within the inguinal canal area. Femoral hernias are also found on the top of the inner thigh, poking through the groin. However, they are most commonly found in women within the femoral canal area.
There is a higher risk of complications with femoral hernias than with inguinal hernias. This means they should be treated quickly.
Understanding hernia surgery
If surgery is recommended, it can either be carried out via open surgery or through a laparoscopic procedure. Kym underwent the laparoscopic technique which is less invasive but also more difficult to perform. The actress suffered complications due to the procedure, such as pain caused by the instruments used.
The open surgery method involves creating an incision so the surgeon can gain direct access to the hernia. It is then pushed back into place. Larger hernias will typically need a mesh inserted to provide support.
Mr Woodward will discuss your surgery options during your consultation. It is important to take into account the risks and complications of each method before deciding which one is right for you.
Getting back to fitness with post-hernia exercises
After undergoing a hernia operation, once the body recovers it is important to carry out post-hernia exercises. These will help to strengthen the abdomen after surgery, helping you to get your fitness back.
Sit to stand is a great gentle exercise you can do. This involves sitting on the edge of a chair before activating your core muscles. Lean forward, placing your torso over your legs. Then, extend your legs and stand up, keeping the weight within your feet. Repeat this exercise several times during the day.
Seated knee extensions and forward lunges are also good abdomen strengthening exercises you can carry out. You should always speak to the surgeon prior to undergoing any form of exercise. They will be able to tell you whether or not the exercises are suitable for you.
After undergoing a hernia operation, it is important to rest the body in accordance with your surgeon’s instructions. However, once you are recovering, introducing gentle exercise back into your life will help to build up your abdominal strength. Speak to Mr Alan Woodward if you have any questions about getting back to fitness after hernia surgery.