Lakes DHB General Surgery
Public Service, General Surgery, Gastroenterology & Hepatology (Liver), Vascular Surgery
A hernia exists where part of the abdominal wall is weakened, and the contents of the abdomen push through to the outside. This is most commonly seen in the groin area but can occur in other places. Surgical treatment is usually quite straightforward and involves returning the abdominal contents to the inside and then reinforcing the abdominal wall in some way. Hernia operations are very common and may be performed either with a standard open operation or laparoscopically (keyhole surgery).