Understanding Hernia Repair

If you’re suffering from a hernia or suspect you might be, it can like be repaired through hernia surgery in Glasgow at Elanic Medical. We offer several different types of hernia repair procedures, so we can address your issues with precision. The most common types of hernia repair surgery include open surgery and laparoscopic hernia repair, with each procedure involving different techniques and tools. The best option for a given patient will depend on a variety of factors, such as the size and location of the hernia, the patient's overall health, and more. If you’d like to learn more about hernia repair, reach out to Elanic Medical in Glasgow. A member of our team will be happy to help you set up your initial consultation.

What Is a Hernia?

A hernia is a medical condition that occurs when an internal organ or tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the surrounding muscle or tissue. Hernias can occur in different parts of the body, but the most common areas are the abdomen, groin, and upper thigh. 

There are several types of hernias, including inguinal hernias, femoral hernias, umbilical hernias, and hiatal hernias. They can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, age, obesity, pregnancy, heavy lifting, and chronic coughing or straining.

Different Types of Hernia

Inguinal Hernia

The inguinal hernia is the most common type of hernia. It occurs when a portion of the intestine or other tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall. This type of hernia is more common in men than women and can cause pain or discomfort in the groin area.

Hiatal Hernia

A hiatal hernia occurs when part of the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm into the chest cavity. This type of hernia is more common in people over the age of 50 and can cause heartburn, chest pain, and difficulty swallowing.

Umbilical Hernia

An umbilical hernia occurs when a portion of the intestine or other tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall near the belly button and is more common in infants and young children but can also occur in adults. It can cause pain or discomfort around the belly button.

Incisional Hernia

An incisional hernia occurs when tissue protrudes through a surgical incision in the abdominal wall. This type of hernia is more common in people who have had abdominal surgery in the past and can cause pain or discomfort in the area around the incision.

It's important to note that hernias can also be classified as either reducible or irreducible. A reducible hernia can be pushed back into the abdominal cavity, while an irreducible hernia cannot. In some cases, an irreducible hernia can become strangulated, meaning that the blood supply to the tissue is cut off, which can be a medical emergency.  Please contact us for more info on hernia repair in Glasgow.

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Do I Have a Hernia?

Hernias are a common medical condition that can affect anyone at any age, and the symptoms that come along with a hernia can vary depending on the type and location of the hernia. Some common symptoms include:

  • Pain or discomfort in the affected area
  • Pain when lifting heavy objects or coughing
  • A visible bulge or swelling in the affected area
  • A feeling of heaviness or pressure in the affected area
  • Burning or aching sensation at the site of the hernia
  • Nausea or vomiting, particularly if the hernia becomes incarcerated or strangulated

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Your Hernia Repair Options

When it comes to repairing a hernia, there are a few different options available. The type of repair that is recommended will depend on the size and location of the hernia, as well as the patient's overall health and medical history. During your visit to Elanic Medical in Glasgow, you’ll meet with an expert consultant who will get to know your medical issues and recommend the appropriate course of treatment.

One common type of hernia repair is called herniorrhaphy. During this procedure, the surgeon will make an incision near the hernia and push the bulging tissue back into place. The weakened muscle in the abdominal wall will then be sewn together to prevent the hernia from recurring. This type of repair is typically performed under general anesthesia and may require a few days of hospitalization, with a relatively brief recovery period.

In some cases, a surgeon may recommend a different procedure, which is known as a hernioplasty. This type of repair involves using a synthetic mesh to reinforce the weakened area of the abdominal wall. This can help to prevent the hernia from recurring and may be a good option for patients with larger or more complex hernias. During your consultation, we’ll help you explore all of the options that are available to you.

The Hernia Repair Procedure

There are two main types of hernia repair surgeries: open surgery and laparoscopic surgery. In open surgery, the surgeon makes an incision near the hernia and repairs the tissue using sutures or mesh. This type of surgery is typically used for larger hernias or those that have recurred after a previous repair. In laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon makes several small incisions and uses a laparoscope (a thin, flexible tube with a camera and light) to guide the repair. This type of surgery is less invasive and may have a shorter recovery time than open surgery.

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Recovery After Hernia Surgery

After your hernia surgery in Glasgow, you’ll need to rest and follow your aftercare instructions to ensure proper healing. You’ll be instructed to avoid certain activities, take medication, and attend follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process. With proper care and follow-up, most patients are able to return to their normal activities within a few weeks of the surgery.

Immediate Recovery

Immediately after your surgery, you will be taken to a comfortable and private recovery room, where you’ll be monitored until you are fully awake. Once you’re up and alert, you’ll be taken to your hospital room. Alternatively, you may be discharged and allowed to return home if the surgery was performed on an outpatient basis.

Keeping You Comfortable

After the surgery, you’ll experience some pain and discomfort. Pain medication will be prescribed to help manage this discomfort, and it’s recommended that you take the medication as prescribed and report any side effects to your healthcare provider if you notice any negative changes in your comfort level.

Getting Back to Normal

Overall, recovery after hernia surgery varies from patient to patient. By following the healthcare provider's instructions and taking care of oneself, most patients are able to resume their normal activities within a few weeks. Our team will remain available to you at all times should you have any questions during your recovery period.

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Hernia repair surgery is a common procedure that is typically safe and effective. Patients who undergo hernia repair surgery can expect to experience relief from their symptoms and return to their normal activities within a few weeks. If you suspect that you might be dealing with a hernia, we recommend reaching out to a medical professional and seeking treatment as soon as possible.

Our practice is committed to the latest in technology and the most advanced techniques available, and our team remains committed to offering you a truly elevated patient experience. To learn more about how we can help you with hernia repair, reach out to Elanic Medical in Glasgow and set up your initial consultation today.

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