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Hernias - Including Patient Information Video

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.

Waitematā District Health Board (DHB) Patient Information Video for Hernia Repair 

It is important to ensure you have the support of family and friends and so we encourage you to watch this video presentation with them.

By now you will have been in for a specialist assessment at either our Elective Surgery Centre or North Shore Hospital and your surgeon has confirmed your need for surgery. You can assist in the success of your operation and recovery by being well prepared. Most of our patients go home within 3-4 days depending on the type of procedure they have had so we encourage you to give your immediate rehabilitation period your very best shot. The success of your surgery depends greatly on you. Now is the time to start planning for your return home and post-operative rehabilitation.

Click on this link to view the hernia repair video.

To read an Explanation of Terms used in this video - click here.

The New Zealand Association of General Surgeons has released a position statement on mesh use in hernia repair. Please see the download to view this.

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This page was last updated at 12:22PM on August 27, 2021.