Open tension free mesh repair of inguinal hernia

This is the most commonly performed hernia repair in the UK.  It is so popular because it is very a very reliable operation which rarely fails, it is also very cost effective. 

The operation involves placing a mesh patch inbeteeen the layers of muscle in the groin.

 The patch is made of a material called "Progrip".  This anchors itself to the muscle of the groin with thousands of tiny hooks.  Once the mesh is in place the layers of muscle and finally the skin is sealed with glue.  The repair is strong as soon as the operation is over and you can get up and walk around without any risk of the hernia coming back.  The skin glue means that you can shower after your operation.  

Somtimes after hernia surgery older men can have a porblem passing their water.  If this is the case a catheter can be fitted so that you can go home, this removed again a week later.  

I advise patients to have at least 20 minutes walking twice in the first post opeartive day and if they play golf to go to the driving range and swing a five Iron at some practice balls on the 5th post operative day.

You will be reviewed at the East Preston Clinic six weeks after your operation however you can call for advice at any time.


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