Inguinal hernias are one of the most common paediatric surgical conditions, and involves the inside lining of the abdomen protruding into the groin and potentially the scrotum. It may contain bowel and requires repair to prevent the possible (though thankfully uncommon) risk of bowel or testis injury.
Umbilical hernias are common in infancy, with the majority resolving with time. Some umbilical hernia variants are unlikely to resolve and require surgical repair earlier than others.
Epigastric hernias are commonly seen in late infancy and older, and usually present as a small lump in the midline of the upper abdomen. These rarely cause any symptoms and surgical repairs are usually performed for cosmetic reasons.
Keyhole Surgery - Dr Rampersad offers keyhole surgery (laparoscopic) for inguinal hernia repairs at any age due to the superior cosmetic results and less manipulation and potential injury to the testis.
Appearance following laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair (right and left). While there will always be scars, they are difficult to see in this photo and in real life.
(Photo with consent from parents)