What are hernias?
According to strict definition, a hernia is the abnormal displacement of a structure to an abnormal anatomic position through a containing wall. In real terms, we recognise a hernia as a bulge or lump which may be present constantly, or which may appear and disappear. The most common sites for hernias to develop are in the abdominal wall and groin, and it is acknowledged that these can be very painful and debilitating.
Mr Birchley treats most types of hernias including inguinal, umbilical, femoral, incisional, Spigelian and epigastric, using either open repair or keyhole surgery (laparoscopic.) The aim of these procedures is to repair your hernia and prevent it from recurring.
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