What causes Inguinal Hernia?

Different Hernias may have different causes and its own set of risk factors. However, most Hernias are Inguinal Hernias, which can happen to people of any age, though it predominately affects men.

Some inguinal Hernias have no direct or apparent cause, while others might occur due to one of the following reasons:

  • Inguinal canal defect from birth (congenital)
  • Increased pressure within the abdomen
  • Pre-existing weak spot in the abdominal wall
  • Overstraining during bowel movements
  • Strenuous activities or trauma
  • Pregnancy
  • Chronic coughing or sneezing

There are also risk factors that may increase the likelihood of an Inguinal Hernia, some of which includes obesity, age, previously having an inguinal Hernia, or having family members with Hernias.

When should you see a Hernia Surgeon like Dr Kan Yuk Man?

You should see a Hernia Specialist if you have a painful or noticeable bulge in the groin, near to where your abdomen and thigh joins. Men may also have a lump in the scrotum. This lump is likely to be more noticeable when you’re standing.

Hernias can be life-threatening, especially if it’s strangulated and not treated early. When in doubt, see a Hernia Specialist early for a peace of mind.

Keyhole Hernia Repair (Laparoscopic Surgery)

Hernias are common problems that require the expertise of a qualified surgeon. Fortunately, keyhole hernia repair is now available to provide a minimally invasive alternative to traditional open surgical treatment. This keyhole approach avoids the need for large abdominal incisions which can cause pain and discomfort and may take longer to heal.

This laparoscopic hernia surgery involves creating several small incisions in the abdominal wall through which a laparoscope (tiny camera) is inserted so that a Hernia Surgeon like Dr Kan Yuk Man can view inside the body. The hernia is then securely covered with an appropriate mesh and stapled into place.

The laparoscopic approach offers numerous benefits over conventional surgery including faster recovery, less pain and scarring, a lower risk of infection and quicker return to normal activities. It is often recommended for hernia repair in adults aged over 50 years or who have any other underlying medical conditions that may be complicated by open surgery.

However, laparoscopic hernia repair may not be suitable for everyone. The size, type and location of the hernia will determine which procedure should be used and your lifestyle and age should also be considered when making a decision about your treatment plan. That’s why it is important to speak with an experienced Hernia Surgeon like Dr Kan Yuk Man before deciding on the best course of action for you.

If you’re considering laparoscopic hernia repair in Singapore, make an appointment with Dr Kan Yuk Man today. With extensive laparoscopic experience, he can provide you with tailored advice and treatment to ensure the best possible outcome.

He will discuss all available options to help you make an informed decision on how to manage your hernia in the most effective way. Book an appointment now and find out how laparoscopic hernia surgery could benefit you.