A hernia exists where part of the abdominal wall is weakened and the contents of the abdomen push through to the outside, forming a swelling or bulge. Common sites are in the groin (inguinal hernia), at the umbilicus or belly button (umbilical or para-umbilical hernia), the upper abdominal midline above the umbilicus (epigastric hernia), and through previous surgical scars (incisional hernias).
Laparoscopic Hernia Repair is most commonly used for inguinal hernias. It involves using surgical instruments to mobilise the hernia back into its original position. Surgical mesh covers the defect in the abdominal wall.
For more information on the above topic, please refer to Andrew Bowker's website: www.hernia.co.nz