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Inguinal hernia repair

Inguinal hernia repair

Inguinal hernia is an abnormal displacement of abdominal organs beyond the anatomical limits. It is the most common type of hernia. It emerges from the weakening of the posterior wall of the inguinal canal and pouches inside it hernia sac that contains the abdominal organs. There are a congenital or acquired hernia that arise with age, often during intense exercise, coughing or straining at stool. A hernia should be operated on within the shortest possible period of time since its inception – in this case, we obtain the best therapeutic effects and the least risk of complications. If left untreated inguinal hernia may incarcerate and the consequence of non-drain incarcerated hernia on time may be necrosis of tissue inside the hernia sac, which is life-threatening.

In our clinic we perform plastic surgery of the inguinal canal by Lichtenstein way. It is a voltage-free method strengthening and reconstructing  of weakened posterior wall of the inguinal canal with the help of synthetic polypropylene mesh. This method can significantly reduce postoperative pain. It also reduces the incidence of recurrent herniation or significantly shortens the recovery period after surgery. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, which on one hand increases the safety in those patients with additional diseases, on the other hand patient can return home immediately after the procedure. The use of this type of anesthesia also allows for the execution of the patients who give up the surgery for fear of anesthesia or spinal anesthesia (in the spine).

Surgeon performs qualification for surgery. During the visit, tell your doctor about all the medicines taken on a permanent basis, with particular focus on drugs that affect blood clotting. During the conversation surgeon will discuss the planned surgery and answer the questions of the patient. The operation itself takes from 40 minutes to an hour, while the stay in the clinic lasts several hours.

 

After surgery:

• walking is recommended which, significantly speeds up re-convalescence,

• The wound requires daily care, it is inexpedient to soak the wound in water (eg. While bathing)

• strenuous physical activity should belimited for the first four weeks after a hernia operation

• the patient may return to hard activities several weeks (2-8 weeks) after treatment (depending on the nature of work)

• the first post-operative control after 7 to 10 days after surgery.

• The second postoperative control after 4 weeks.

 

The recovery period:

The next day the patient is ready to undertake normal activities, and return to work depends on the nature of the work. This is usually a period from 1 to 3 weeks, while in the case of manual work period absence is 4-8 weeks – the time needed to “cicatrizing ” mesh in the back wall of the inguinal canal.