Hernia Surgery

What is a Hernia?

If the muscles of the abdomen weaken or tear, an organ such as the intestine can push through and form a balloon-shaped pouch structure called a "sac". This sac forms when the abdominal lining (peritoneum) forces through the weak spot.

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Normally, this sac is seen as a bulge under the patient's skin when the patient is standing up. It is usually detectable when it is about the size of a marble.

In addition to pain, a hernia is often aggravated by chronic coughing, constipation, or heavy lifting. A hernia usually gets worse over time.

While both hernias are common in both men and female, 1 in 20 men will develop a hernia in a lifetime. 9 out of 10 of these hernias occur in the groin area.

Types of Hernia

Groin area

  • Inguinal
  • Femoral

Abdomen area

  • Epigastric - in the midline below the breastbone
  • Incisional - at the site of a previous operation
  • Umbilical - at the navel

Hernia Repair Surgery

Hernia operations are one of the most common surgical operations performed and if neglected, a hernia will usually increase in size. Sometimes this will lead to a serious issue such as strangulation of the intestine. This is a life-threatening complication and requires immediate surgery.

Dr Golani has performed a large number of hernia surgeries and has published research about Hernia repair. He specialises in Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery. This is a minimally invasive approach which has an advantage over open surgery as it only requires three or four small incisions in the abdomen versus the large single incision of open surgery. Most patients will experience less pain, a quicker recovery and a shorter hospital stay with laparoscopic surgery.

The hernia surgery may use a thin, soft mesh (made of plastic or other materials) to make the repair stronger and last longer. Your tissues will grow over the mesh as the area heals. The mesh becomes part of the body, giving strength and support to the abdominal muscles in future.

Due to various issues hernia can reoccur over time. The use of mesh in hernia repair surgery was been shown in clinical research over the last 30 years to reduce reoccurrence.

Post-operative recovery from Hernia Surgery

You may experience moderate pain or no pain after surgery. This may require non-prescription pain killers to treat the pain. Most of Dr Golani's patients are discharged the day after surgery to recover at home. A period of two weeks of leave is recommended post-surgery to rest and recuperate.

Important points to remember:

  • No driving for 5 days post-discharge from hospital
  • Your dressings are waterproof so you can shower as normal.
  • Do not sit/soak in a bath for 7 days.
  • Leave your dressings in place for 7 days and can be removed by the yourself
  • Bruising and intermittent pain may continue for a few days
  • Lifting weights may cause complications in your hernia repair. Limit lifting anything heavier than 8kgs for 4 weeks post-surgery. Additionally, you should not lift anything heavier than 15kgs for 8 weeks post-surgery
  • Use regular fibre supplement such a Metamucil will help avoid constipation
  • Walking unrestricted is allowed post discharge
  • Cycling/running/swimming is allowed 2 weeks post discharge
  • No special diet post-surgery is required to be followed.
  • Make an appointment to see Dr Golani 4 weeks post-surgery.

Contact Us

To make an initial consultation booking, please contact our office on 02 8599 9819.

Main Clinic Address:

Madison Building
Suite 7, 25-29 Hunter St,
Hornsby NSW 2077

Phone: (02) 8599 9819

HealthLink: drgolani

Fax: (02) 9012 0976
Email: info@drgolani.com.au
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Our Horsnby clinic is located conviniently next to Hornsby Westfield & Hornsby Station

What do I bring to my appointment?

  • Referral letter
  • X-Rays/Scans
  • Test results relating to referral
  • Health fund card
  • Medicare card


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He is accredited by the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA).

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