Hernia Surgery
What Is
A Hernia?

The most common place for a hernia to occur is the abdominal wall. A hernia is a weakness in the abdominal wall that allows the contents of the abdominal cavity to protrude out. Most people with hernia complained of a protruding lump at the abdomen. Abdominal contents like omentum (fatty tissues in the abdomen) and small intestines may enter the hernia when the abdomen pressure increases.

Prolong coughing, straining during urination and constipation can increase pressure inside the abdomen and force omentum or small intestines into the hernia. These abdominal contents slip in and out of the hernia easily in most occasions (reducible hernia). However, emergency can occur when these contents get stuck in the hernia and become strangulated (irreducible hernia).

What Are The
Treatment Options For Hernia?

The general recommendation is that all hernia should be surgically repaired, except in very old and frail patients. For patients who are not fit to undergo hernia surgery, they have to wear a truss to keep the hernia in check. For patients who are fit, surgical repair should be performed to relieve the discomfort and prevents complications from occurring.

The conventional method to repair the hernia is via the open method. This is performed via a 4to 5cm incision at the hernia site. A non-absorbable mesh is commonly placed to reinforce the repair.

The key-hole (laparoscopic) method to repair hernia has become very popular over the past 10 years. With a few small incisions, there is little pain after surgery and the recovery is fast. Laparoscopic hernia repair is now routinely offered to patient as an alternative to open repair.

Hernia Surgery
Dr Ng Kheng Hong
Dr Ng Kheng Hong
Senior Consultant Colorectal & General Surgeon
MBBS (S’pore), MMed (Surgery), FRCS (Edinburgh),
FAMS (General Surgery)
Dr Ng Kheng Hong has over 20 years of experience in the treatment of hernia, including hernia surgery. He is the former Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Department of Colorectal Surgery at SGH and former Visiting Consultant in Surgical Oncology at the National Cancer Centre. Dr Ng is well-published in medical journals and continues to teach medical students to this day.
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