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An inguinal hernia occurs at the inguinal canal – a thin passage where blood vessels pass through the abdominal wall. A hernia can pose risks, as the structures within your abdomen (including your intestines) can become trapped. This can result in a strangulated hernia, where the blood supply is cut off. This can result in the contents of the abdomen pushing through and producing a lump.
One of the most common types of inguinal hernia repair is referred to as totally extraperitoneal or TEP. This procedure differs from TAPP as a mesh is used to seal the hernia from outside the the thin membrane that covers the organs in the abdomen.
Some sufferers find that a padded support belt (known as a truss) can control their hernia. However, without surgery, your hernia will not get better.
Usually taking around half an hour to complete (under an hour for a repair to both sides), the operation will be carried out under general anaesthetic. The surgeon will make several small incisions to your abdomen, before inserting special surgical instruments, including a telescope, inside your abdomen. The surgeon will put the part of the abdomen that was causing the hernia back and insert a synthetic mesh which will cover the weak spot.
Following the operation, you should be able to return home the very same day or the day after. After about seven days, you should be able to resume day-to-day activities, as long as you feel comfortable doing so. Whilst you do not need to avoid lifting altogether, you may well find it uncomfortable during the first 2-4 weeks. Frequent, light exercise can help you return to normal life as soon as possible, but always seek advice from your healthcare team before embarking on any kind of exercise programme.
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