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Epigastric hernia repair surgery can help to relieve pain that is caused by the hernia and it should prevent from appearing again.
An epigastric hernia occurs when a lump develops in the midline between your umbilicus (belly button) and sternum (breastbone) which can cause pain. An epigastric hernia in adults can sometimes be caused by smoking or diabetes.
Your abdominal cavity contains your intestines and other structures.
These are protected by your abdominal wall, which is made up of four layers, including your abdominal muscle. In an epigastric hernia (a form of abdominal hernia), fat pushes out through a weak spot in the wall of your abdomen between your umbilicus and sternum and forms a lump.
Generally, surgeons prefer key-hole surgery as it is quicker, minimally invasive and means you can recover quicker, as well. The time between diagnosis and private hernia surgery is often less than a month, ensuring you receive rapid surgical repair treatment.
Like all surgical procedures, some complications can be serious and can even cause death. However, you can discuss the following general and specific complications with your doctor:
General complications of any operation
Specific complications of this operation
However, you won’t be able to go back to work for 1 to 2 weeks.
Returning to work will depend on how much surgery you need and the type of work you do. Your doctor will remind you that you cannot lift anything heavy for at least 6 weeks.
Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.
After 6 weeks, most people make a full recovery and can return to normal activities.
It’s good to bear in mind that the hernia can come back many years later, and you may need another operation.
If left untreated, an epigastric hernia can cause serious complications.
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