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.
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.
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.
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.
To make an initial consultation booking, please contact our office on 02 8599 9819.
Dr Golani performs a variety of General Surgical and Colorectal Surgical Procedures. They treat a variety of symptoms, diseases and conditions.
Dr Golani has a high success rate of performing all the cancer resections including bowel cancers laparoscopically.
Dr Golani routinely does general surgical operations like laparoscopic inguinal, femoral and umbilical hernia surgery.
Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy for Gall Stones, Dr Golani has performed more than 500 gall bladder procedures.
He has been trained in advanced endoscopic skills and can remove large polyps endoscopically.
Dr Golani's is highly skilled in performing Laparoscopic ventral mesh rectopexy for rectal prolapse.
Dr Golani can help with the treatment of the issue of painful anal fistulas & fissures.
Dr Golani has extensive experience with both elective and emergency presentations of Haemorrhoids.
He is accredited by the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA).