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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What is a hernia?

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    Dr Kenneth Wong

    Bariatric (Obesity) Surgeon, General Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon

    Dr Ken Wong is a very experienced specialist surgeon focussing on keyhole surgery techniques for gallstones, bowel cancer, hernia and weight loss surgery. He graduated … View Profile

    A hernia is a break in the lining of a body cavity. Commonly, there is a break in the lining of the peritoneal cavity resulting in a protrusion at the belly button  (umbilical hernia or  groin region (inguinal / femoral hernia). Hernia can also occur in other places such as above the stomach (hiatus hernia) or in the hip bones (obturator hernia).

    Often, hernia present as a lump which pops out and then disappears. It is often associated with discomfort.

    If there is any concern about hernia, which often requires surgery to patch the break in the lining, you should see a surgeon in the first instance.

    Dr Ken Wong

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