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Procedures - Herniae Treatment

Once a hernia has occurred it will generally enlarge gradually. It represents a mechanical defect in the abdominal wall and will not heal itself. Most surgeons will recommend repair of the hernia unless there is a particular contraindication that makes it too risky. The main risk with a hernia is if the contents of the hernia become incarcerated. The pressure within the hernia increases and this can compromise the blood supply. If there is bowel within the hernia this is a life threatening situation if left untreated.

Surgical repair of the hernia involves identifying the margins of the hernia and reducing the contents of the hernia back into the abdominal cavity. The defect has to then be repaired and this is usually achieved using sutures and a prosthetic mesh to reinforce the area. There are many variations in technique and different types of mesh that can be used. The best method will depend on the site and size of the hernia. It will also depend on patient characteristics.

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