What is an inguinal hernia.
A hernia is a protrusion of tissues from their correct place. In case of an inguinal hernia the protrusion is felt or visible in the inguinal area. It is the most common type of hernia both in men and women but it occurs more often in men. This type of hernia usually gives a small discomfort and is relatively safe but if untreated it may grow and complications may occur. Hernia should be corrected by a surgical procedure as soon as possible. The procedure carried out is called Lichtenstein’s hernioplasty which includes implanting a special mesh to reinforce the inguinal area. After the wounds heal and the mesh grows in a patient can go back to full activity.
– serious ilnesses such as cardiac insufficiency
– local skin infections in the inguinal area
– general infections: viral/bacterial
– blood thinning medication
Inform the surgeon of all your illnesses and current medicacion.
The surgery is usually carried out in spinal anaesthesia. An incision is made in the inguinal area. The defect is corrected and a special mesh is implanted to reinforce the inguinal area (Lichtenstein’s procedure). The surgery takes about 60min.
The patient may go bact to normal everyday activities straight away but must not lift heavy objects or perform vigorous activity untill fully heald.
Post operative recommendations
– desinfecting the wound and changing the dressing every day
– OTC painkillers if needed
– avoiding lifting heavy objects over 5kg and vigorous phisical activity for a period of about 4weeks.