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 smoking 6 to 8 weeks before your scheduled surgery

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

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

Have your diabetes under control

Keep the agreed upon weight before your surgery


At the day of surgery

Wash yourself thoroughly

You must fast and thirst before your surgery

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

Chronic pain and discomfort

Wound problems

It is important that you are active


After surgery but still in hospital

The first night after your surgery

Please tell the staff if you experience any discomfort

The drainage tubes

Eat and drink as usual

You must have blood thinning treatment

Hernia belt

Ready to be discharged


Rehabilitation

Be active but listen to your body


When you come home

Bandages and stitches

Sick leave


Further healthcare appointments

Follow up appointment

If you have questions and/or issues


Contact

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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