HERNIAS

Hernias are weak areas of the abdominal wall and are very common, more so in men, although we do not really know what causes them in many cases.
There are lots of types of hernias, the commonest types being groin (inguinal or femoral) or midline (umbilical or epigastric) hernias, although
other rarer types do exist. The most frequent reasons for people to see their GP about hernias are pain or concern about the presence of a new,
unidentified lump.

Treatment
The only definitive treatment for hernias is an operation to close the weak area, and often this involves using an artificial piece of mesh for
reinforcement. Not all hernias need to be repaired, however, especially if they are longstanding, smaller and not causing any symptoms or affecting
your quality of life.

What can I expect in clinic?
In your clinic appointment, I will make a full assessment, including examination of your hernia (or hernias) and make a recommendation as to
whether surgery would be advisable. If we do decide that at present surgery is not needed, then of course this can be revisited down the line if the
situation changes. If surgery is advisable then I will discuss the procedure and any potential side effects in detail.