The abdominal cavity houses the intestines. The intestines are protected by an abdominal wall which comprises of four layers. The inner layer is the membrane with the second layer being a wall of muscle which seperates the muscle from the outer skin.
Weak spots can develop in the layers of muscle. The can result in the contents of the abdomen pushing through the abdominal wall.
This produces a lump which is called a hernia.
There are four different types of hernia - femoral hernia, incision hernia, ingunial hernia and umbilical hernias.
The inguinal hernia is the most common type of hernia, causing a lump in the groin. This lump is usually associated with pain. The hernia occurs in the inguinal canal which is a narrow passage through which blood vessels pass in the abdominal wall.
Femoral hernias and can cause a lump in the lower groin and are more commen in women. These occur at the hole in the wall of the abdomen where the femoral artery and the vein pass from the abdomen into the leg. Femoral hernias tend to occur following childbirth and are operated on through a cut in the groin.
An incision hernia is a weakness in the abdominal wall which happens at the site of an incision made during a previous operation.
Two different tupes of surgery are performed, both with quick recovery times. You may not need to stay in hospital overnight.
Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery
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