Can a hernia be fully removed?
Dr. Kevin Dolan
Dr. Kevin Dolan
General surgeon
Duncraig
A hernia is a defect in muscle, where two parts of the muscle have pulled apart leaving a space, usually due to a tear in the muscle. As such a hernia cannot be full removed but can be fully repaired. Repair of a hernia is usually when the defect is closed using either a piece of mesh to plug the defect in the muscle or alternatively when the edges of the muscle are pulled together using stitches.

Dr. Sanjay Kariappa
Dr. Sanjay Kariappa
General surgeon
Miranda
I agree. Although there is often a lump that is easily felt with a hernia, there is nothing to be removed. Repairing the hole through which something has 'herniated through' is what is necessary. And this is done either with stiches, or more commonly with the use of a prosthetic material (mesh)

 Niruben Rajasagaram
Niruben Rajasagaram
General surgeon
Heidelberg
One of the things to remember with hernias is that it will only get bigger with time. To the majority of people that have them it is an inconvenience that is bearable as long as it doesn't affect my work or daily living. This unfortunately sees patients wait longer to attend to this until such time it causes discomfort or gets "stuck" - becoming an emergency. The longer you with the increased likelihood this will get bigger - dealing with hernias while they are small often will potentially see patients go home the same day and recover quicker. Kind regards

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