Weakened areas of the abdominal wall, including umbilical area and around stomas from a current or previous ostomy. Hernias usually present with a painful protrusion of that area and many elective hernia repairs can be done laparoscopically.
A surgical repair is often the best way to manage a hernia however this depends on the type of hernia, the symptoms that the patient is experiencing and the possible risks that performing an operation may pose to the patient’s general health. In some cases it is perfectly safe to leave the hernia alone and not do anything to repair it. This is often the case in older patients whose hernia does not cause them any noticeable discomfort.