ABDOMINAL HERNIA

Discover Expert Care for Abdominal Hernia in Dubai

Abdominal Hernia Overview

Welcome to the world of Abdominal Hernia treatment led by Dr. Ahmed Hassn, a highly skilled and experienced Consultant General, Laparoscopic & Bariatric Surgeon in Dubai.

Dr Ahmed Hassn is passionate about surgical excellence and quality of life after surgery. He has been performing laparoscopic (key hole) repair of all types of hernias in the UK since 1999. He has published the improved quality of life after laparoscopic repair of inguinal hernia and presented his techniques in many international meetings.

What is Abdominal Hernia?

An Abdominal Hernia occurs mainly when an internal organ, such as the intestine or abdominal tissue, protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall muscles. This can lead to a visible bulge or lump, which may cause discomfort or pain.

Types of Abdominal Hernia

There are different types of Abdominal Hernias, including:

Inguinal Hernia-

Inguinal Hernia

The most common type, occurring in the groin area.

Umbilical Hernia

Umbilical Hernia

Developing around the belly button.

Incisional Hernia

Incisional Hernia

Resulting from a previous abdominal surgery incision.

Femoral Hernia

Femoral Hernia

Found in the upper thigh, near the groin.

Causes of Abdominal Hernia

Abdominal Hernias are often caused by a combination of factors, such as:

  • Weakness in the abdominal wall muscles from birth or over time.
  • Heavy lifting or straining during bowel movements.
  • Chronic coughing or sneezing.
  • Obesity or pregnancy, which puts increased pressure on the abdominal area.
  • Previous abdominal surgeries or injuries.

Symptoms of Abdominal Hernia

The symptoms of Abdominal Hernia may vary depending on the type and size of the hernia. Common symptoms include:

  • A visible or palpable bulge or lump in the affected area.
  • Pain or discomfort, especially when lifting, bending, or coughing.
  • A feeling of pressure or heaviness in the abdomen.
  • Nausea or vomiting (in severe cases, when the hernia becomes trapped or incarcerated).
  • Changes in bowel movements or urinary patterns.

Diagnostic Methods

To confirm the presence of an Abdominal Hernia and its type, the following diagnostic methods may be used:

  • Physical examination: The surgeon checks for a visible or palpable bulge and assesses the patient’s symptoms.
  • Imaging tests: Ultrasound, MRI, or CT scans are utilized to visualize the hernia and its extent.

Available Treatments

The treatment approach for Abdominal Hernia depends on its size, type, and the patient’s overall health. Options include:

  1. Watchful waiting: For small, asymptomatic hernias that do not pose risks.
  2. Surgical repair: For larger or symptomatic hernias, surgery is often recommended to prevent complications and relieve symptoms.

Surgical Options

Surgical repair of Abdominal Hernia is typically performed using minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques. This is an area of major expertise of Dr Hassn as he performed more than 2500 laparoscopic hernia repair and during the procedure, he reinforces the weakened abdominal wall using mesh or sutures, depending on the case.

Postoperative Care

After hernia surgery, patients will receive postoperative care instructions, including:

  • Wound care and dressing changes.
  • Pain management and prescribed medications.
  • Gradual resumption of normal activities, with guidance on lifting restrictions.
  • Dietary recommendations to promote healing and prevent constipation.
  • Follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process and address any concerns.

FAQ about Abdominal Hernia

Small hernias may not always require immediate surgery and may be managed with watchful waiting. However, larger or symptomatic hernias often necessitate surgical repair to prevent complications.

Yes, laparoscopic hernia surgery is generally safe and associated with shorter recovery times and reduced scarring compared to traditional open surgery.

Recovery times vary depending on the type of hernia and the surgical technique used. Most patients can return to light activities within a few weeks and resume regular activities within a few months.

While the risk of hernia recurrence exists, proper surgical technique, mesh usage, and adherence to postoperative instructions can significantly reduce the chances of recurrence.

In general, most patients can eventually resume their normal activities, including exercise and lifting, after a complete recovery. However, specific restrictions may vary based on individual cases.