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Hernia Repair

A hernia is simply a weakness in the strength layer of the abdominal wall. The most common location is in the groin (known as a inguinal hernia), but commonly occurs at the belly button as well, also known as the umbilicus (and thus it is called an umbilical hernia).

Some patients may have a ventral hernia, or incisional hernia, which is a hernia that results after some previous operation on the abdomen. Other more unusual hernias exist as well and would be explained in detail at the time of your consultation.

All hernias can occur at any age, and as a rule most hernias should be repaired. Most simple hernias can be performed as an outpatient but larger more complex hernias may require a day or two of hospitalization. Most of the time, in the adult population at least, we will use some type of mesh to repair the hernia.

The purpose of mesh is to fix the defect or hole in a tension free manner, thereby decreasing the amount of pain normally seen during a routine repair, and also to reduce the incidence of recurrence of a hernia, which can be from 2-5% of all repairs.

There are numerous types of mesh that we use and the specific types and brands can be explained further in your consultation with your surgeon preoperatively.


Link to the American Board of Surgery
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