Abdominal hernia is generated through a weak area in the abdominal wall, often in a scar from a previous procedure, but it may also occur near the navel or in other more rare areas of the abdominal wall.

The peritoneum is pushing its way out through the weak area which allows the small bowel or other abdominal parts to become stuck here. This may cause potentially severe problems that could require emergency surgery.

Abdominal hernia will not get better in time, and it will never go away on its own. Surgery is the preferred kind of treatment against hernia.

Your preparations for the surgery

Stop taking alternative/herbal medicine 2 weeks before your scheduled surgery

Remove hair from the surgical area 1 week before your scheduled surgery

At the day of surgery

You must fast and thirst before your surgery

Wash yourself thoroughly

Bring your own medicine when you are hospitalised

Scan your social security card at the stand when you arrive

Be prepared for waiting time

The staff will help you

About the surgery

How the surgery is conducted

Risks and side effects

Bleeding and infection

It is important that you are active

Damage to the colon


After surgery but still in hospital

The Post Anesthesia Care Unit and discharge

Eat and drink as usual


You must have blood thinning treatment

Further healthcare appointments

Follow up appointment

If you have questions and/or issues


You may always contact us

If you have practical questions before your surgery, you can contact our secretariat between 9.00 am and 2.00 pm at phone 7842 6285.

If you have questions in relation to your surgery after you are discharged, you can contact Surgical Ward 1 at phone 7842 6277.

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