Come and hear everything you need to know about hernias with Mr Rao
Wednesday 21 March 2018

hernia is a common problem where an organ or part of an organ pushes through its containing wall. It usually protrudes through the layers of your abdominal wall.

There are several types of hernia, classified by the position of where it appears. The most common are inguinal hernias that mostly affect men compared to women. Inguinal hernias, also known as groin hernias, develop when fatty tissue or a part of your bowel protrudes out through a weak spot in the surrounding muscle wall and penetrates into the inguinal canal in your groin area, forming a lump.

Inguinal hernia symptoms are present in about two thirds of patients. Symptoms may include:

Pain or discomfort especially with coughing, exercise, or bowel movements and that often it gets worse throughout the day and improves when lying down. A bulging area may appear that becomes larger when exerting downward pressure. The inability to "reduce" or place the bulge back into your abdomen. This usually means the hernia is 'incarcerated' or strangulated and requires emergency surgery.

An inguinal hernia repair will push the hernial sac back into its correct place and often strengthen the weakened area to prevent the hernia from reoccurring. It can be performed by open or by laparoscopic surgery. Both have pros and cons. A benefit of open surgery is the possibly being done under local anaesthesia rather than general anaesthesia.

Mr Milind Rao will be talking at Boston West Hospital on Tuesday 22nd May at 7pm about hernias: what to look out for, when to seek treatment and, what options of treatment are available. He aims to raise awareness around hernias, those more at risk and, preventative measures to reduce the chances of a hernia appearing.

“A hernia can be uncomfortable, look unsightly, be painful, and even cause life threatening complications. Becoming informed will help you to identify if you have a hernia and what to do about it.” Said Mr Rao.

Mr Milind Rao is a Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon, a Laparoscopic Surgeon and Endoscopist. We are fortunate at Boston West Hospital that Mr Rao holds a private practice here offering convenient and local appointments for patients. He regularly performs: open and laparoscopic repair for common abdominal hernias including: inguinal and incisional.

In addition to hernias, Mr Rao also performs colorectal surgery for colon and rectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease, gall bladder removal, treatment of piles, fissures and fistulas and, diagnostic and therapeutic upper GI endoscopies and colonoscopies.

If you’d like to find out more about hernias then book your place. The event is free to attend and places are allocated on a first come first served basis. We’ll look forward to seeing you there.


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