OA Dr. Alexis Freitas, F.E.B.S.
European surgeon for coloproctology Attending Physician in the Wiener Privatklinik
Senior Physician at Göttlicher Heiland Hospital
Profilfoto Dr. Alexis Freitas

Inguinal Hernia, Umbilical Hernia

Why should hernias of the abdominal wall be operated on? Abdominal wall hernias can be painful and constrict parts of the intestine. Hernias should therefore be operated on in most cases to prevent this dangerous complication.

How is the surgery performed? I treat inguinal hernias either with buttonhole technique (laparoscopy, TAPP) or with a few centimetres long incision in the groin (operation according to Lichtenstein). In both cases, special meshes are used to cover the hernia gap.

Depending on the findings, I will decide together with my patients what procedure is most suitable for them.

An umbilical hernia is operated on through the scar of the navel, so you have no additional scar after surgery.

How long does the surgery last? I need 30 minutes to perform a laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair, TAPP. I need 20 minutes to perform an umbilical hernia repair.

What is to be expected after the operation? Taking painkillers, you will have almost no postoperative pain. You may go home on the 2nd day after an inguinal hernia surgery, and following an umbilical hernia repair, on the first day after surgery. After laparoscopic surgery of an inguinal hernia you will have 3, maximum 5mm long scars. After the operation of an umbilical hernia you will have no new scar. You must not lift anything heavier than 5kg for 4 weeks after surgery.