An abdominal hernia is a weakness or hole in the abdominal muscle wall through which a "hernia sac" containing abdominal contents (e.g. fat or bowel) may protrude causing the appearance of a bulge or swelling under the skin. The sites in the abdominal wall through which hernias most commonly develop are the umbilicus (navel), the inguinal area (groin) and where an incision from previous surgery has been made through the abdominal wall.
There are a several reasons that Dr Girardi would advise repair:
Types of Hernia
There are many types of hernia which are simply named depending on their location:
Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
Dr Girardi offers a laparoscopic approach sensibly to most hernia repairs and performs this surgery regularly both as a planned procedure and also in the emergency situation. Dr Girardi is up-to-date with the latest information and developments in laparoscopic hernia surgery in particular types and quality of mesh used to strengthen the repair. These techniques are utilised wherever possible to reduce the risk of fialure in the repair and recurrence of the hernia.
Mesh & hernia repairs
Surgery is the recommeded approach for the treatment of any symptomatic or large hernia wherever the hernia is located. Various techniques are used to treat hernias and it is recommended that using ‘tension free’ repair method is the most beneficial approach in hernia repair reducing rates of recurrence. Various types of synthetic material called ‘mesh’ are used to cover or reinforce the defect (hole) whilst minimizing the tension on the surgical wound. Mesh also provides support to the weakened abdominal walls preventing recurrence.
There will be growth of new tissue which may replace or be incorporated into the mesh depending on the bioresorbable quality of the mesh and location of the area of being repaired. Dr Girardi attempts to use higher levels of bioresorbability mesh to decrease the level of foreign material left inside patients and therefore rduce complications such as infection of the material.
Risks & Complications
Some of the rare complications that may occur include: