At The Hernia & Gallbladder Centre WA, our specialist surgeons have helped many Perth patients with hernia repair surgery. We believe that you deserve individualised care and expert surgery. We keep our wait times short so you can see your surgeon promptly and have a care plan implemented at your best convenience.
Hernia repair: how is it performed?
Hernia repair surgery is required when intestine or fatty tissue pushes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall. As this happens, the opening in the muscular structure can get larger, and cause pain or discomfort.
Hernia repair: open or laparoscopic surgery?
If you are diagnosed with a hernia, you will hear that the only treatment option is hernia repair surgery. As you prepare to undergo surgery, we will we will ensure that you receive the best possible care. It starts with a thorough diagnosis, and recommendations by your surgeon here at The Hernia & Gallbladder Centre WA, to define the most suitable surgery type for your situation: an open or laparoscopic surgery.
The actual surgery consists of a number of steps: Your surgeon will first dissect and define the hernia. The content of the hernia is then pushed back into the abdominal cavity. And the last step is to use techniques such as a surgical mesh, to repair the hernia opening. This is vital to reduce the risk of a recurring hernia.
Everyone on our team values the importance of clear communication. It's our role as your specialist surgeon to give you that clarity, both on the nature and type of hernia, and on the recommended and most suitable surgery technique for your hernia repair. The surgeons at The Hernia & Gallbladder Centre WA in Perth are highly qualified and build on many years experience, safely and routinely performing hernia repair surgeries for the most common hernia types.
Types of hernia
An inguinal hernia is one of the most common hernia types treated at The Hernia & Gallbladder Centre WA. We can also assist you with other types of hernia: femoral (lower groin), umbilical (belly button), incisional (in the scar of a previous surgery), epigastric (on the midline above the umbilicus) and hiatal (upper stomach) hernias.
We keep a strong focus on working together as a team to help you in the most effective way. That means enabling reduced wait times, working out the best possible surgical plan and providing support, care and comfort before and after your procedure.
Types of Hernia Surgery
Your surgeon will make a decision about the most suitable type of surgery to repair your hernia: an open surgery or a keyhole surgery. The decision will be made based on the exact position and the size of the hernia, and it requires an experienced surgeon to assess the situation and make recommendations for the most comfortable approach. We always make sure that both your surgical care plan, and the follow-up we put in place after your surgery, are fully adapted to your situation and needs.
If your hernia repair surgery includes the use of mesh, there are a couple of techniques. In an open surgery, the mesh can be used to reinforce the repair site, and is placed directly under or above the place where the hernia occurred. Sutures are then used to hold the mesh in place, so no tension is built up on the surrounding muscles.
If your surgeon has decided that a keyhole surgery (laparoscopic surgery), is the recommended technique, then the mesh is attached from inside the abdomen. The procedure is minimally invasive and uses 3 small incisions instead of one.
Often, patients will report that a laparoscopic procedure is beneficial, reducing the time spent in surgery and with lower levels of discomfort after the procedure.
What to expect with hernia surgery?
Hernia repair is a surgery procedure under a general anaesthetic. As a patient, you would typically be in the hospital for the day only, or with one overnight stay. In case of a larger incisional hernia, you may be looking at a longer hospital stay.
As with any type of surgery, a certain discomfort level is to be expected, and it will depend on the type, the location of the hernia, its size and the chosen surgical techniques. Even though we know that laparoscopic surgery offers the benefit of less pain after surgery, it may not always be possible.
If you are on anticoagulation medication for example, or if you suffer from a large complex hernia, then open surgery may be advised. It will also be recommended if you have had multiple abdominal surgeries, or suffer from poor overall medical fitness.
At The Hernia & Gallbladder Centre in Perth, we value the importance of a personalised care plan after your procedure. Typical advice will include avoiding strenuous activities for up to 6 weeks.
After your hernia surgery, you may be asked to use pain medication to maintain regular bowel habits without straining, and extra medication to stimulate regular bowel movements. Our dietitians will help you with meal plans and dietary recommendations so you include enough fibre in your diet and drink enough water.
Your surgeon will take the time to make you aware of the general risks that come with any type of surgery: the risk of infection, bleeding or bruising. In rare situations, you may be required to return to theatre, when entrapped nerves cause chronic pain, or when inflammation occurs around sutures. The risk of recurrence after hernia surgery is lower than 1%, and you can count on our total commitment to patient care and expert surgery.
Why The Hernia & Gallbladder Centre Perth?
When it becomes clear that you may need hernia surgery, it is important to feel that you can count on the expertise and experience of your specialist surgeon. The strengths of our multi-disciplinary team are:
A team of highly qualified and experienced Perth based surgeons. With many years experience delivering excellent surgical outcomes in hernia surgery, they are well placed to help you with a personalised care plan.
Comfort, care, support and kindness are at the forefront of our daily routine at the practice. We believe that you deserve a personalised and caring experience.
Waiting to see your surgeon, or waiting to discuss results, can be frustrating. That's why we do everything we can to reduce those wait times, and to organise your surgical plan in the most convenient possible way.
If you have any questions about hernia repair surgery, please feel free to call The Hernia & Gallbladder Centre in Perth on (08) 6163 2800 with your enquiry, we're always happy to hear from you.
Hernia & Gallbladder Centre WA
McCourt St Medical Centre
Level 1, Suite 10, 2 McCourt Street
WEST LEEDERVILLE WA 6007
Hernia & Gallbladder Centre WA
Monday - Thursday | 8.30am - 4.30pm
Friday | 8:3am - 2:00pm
We also visit Northam each month on a Friday to run outpatient clinics.