Hernias are common, affecting one in ten people at some point in their life. Each year, there are over 100,000 hernia surgeries carried out in the UK. While often harmless, groin hernias do not heal by themselves, and they can lead to serious complications. For this reason, treatment is advised.
The only hernia treatment available for adult patients is surgery. With the ongoing pandemic, thousands of hernia patients have been waiting months for treatment. This is putting them at serious risk of complications. Going private is a good option for those who are struggling to get the treatment they need.
Here, we’ll look at which operation is best for a groin hernia and why treatment is advisable.
The open surgery technique
Open surgery for a hernia is carried out under local or general anaesthetic. An incision is made near the hernia site. From there, the surgeon will push the hernia into the abdomen.
Stitches are sometimes used to repair the hernia, though most commonly a synthetic mesh (a hernioplasty) will be placed over the hernial defect. This helps to reinforce the area, allowing the tissue to grow through the mesh without placing pressure onto the surrounding tissues.
The laparoscopic technique
Laparoscopic surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic. The surgeon will make several incisions, through which a tiny camera and instruments can be inserted. They can carry out the hernia repair in a less invasive manner using this technique.
Again, a mesh is used to strengthen the abdominal wall and promote better wound healing. Laparoscopic repair usually means less discomfort and a quicker return to normal activities.
Which type of surgery is right for me?
The type of hernia surgery you need will depend upon a number of factors. The size of the hernia and its location will ultimately decide which style of surgery would work better for you.
The surgeon will talk through your options during the consultation. They will explain the risks and complications of both types of procedure. This allows you to make the most informed decision about which one is most suited to you.
Why seeking hernia treatment is important
Hernias may not seem like a serious problem, especially if you aren’t suffering with any uncomfortable symptoms. However, they are known to worsen over time. As they progress, they can cause significant discomfort.
It is worth pointing out that not all hernias need surgery. The trouble is, taking a ‘wait and see’ approach can be risky. It is best to book a consultation, so that your surgeon can assess your current risks and discuss with you whether surgery is the best approach.
There are also different types of hernias you should be aware of. The type you have will determine the type of treatment required. If you are experiencing symptoms of a groin hernia and you are struggling to get an appointment, book a consultation with Mr Alan Woodward today.