HERNIA REPAIR SURGERY
Mr Pellen is a specialist in several techniques of advanced hernia repair surgery. These include laparoscopic inguinal (groin) hernia repair, open Lichtenstein repair, laparoscopic composite mesh repair and open sublay mesh repair.
A hernia is often felt as a bulge in the groin, abdomen, navel region or through a scar of previous operations. The lump may or may not be painful, it may change in size throughout the day, become smaller when resting or lying down.
A hernia is actually a protrusion of abdominal contents through a weakness in the lining or muscle of the abdomen or groin area. Initially hernias contain internal fat but as the “gap” increases in size, part of the intestine can push through, which can cause aching, dragging or pain symptoms.
There are various sites where a hernia may form. This may be at weak points between the muscle layers and common sites include the groin (inguinal or femoral hernia) and the navel (umbilical/ paraumbillical hernia). Hernias can also develop at the site of a scar where an incision was made in the muscles and then closed for previous surgery and has become weak and partly given way (incisional hernia).