Mr Alistair Windsor is a world-renowned private hernia surgeon based in the centre of London’s medical mile, where he runs the London Digestive Centre, a leading private practice specialising in the field of colorectal surgery.
A hernia forms when an internal part of the body is forced through a weakened muscle or tissue wall. The most common area is between the chest and hips, with swelling often occurring in the abdomen or groin area. If you have noticed a lump when coughing or straining that can be pushed back in, it is likely to be a hernia.
If a hernia is causing sudden, severe pain, vomiting, difficulty passing stools, or becomes firm or tender, you should seek medical attention immediately. These symptoms could indicate a possible strangulated hernia or obstructed bowel, which is classed as medical emergencies and will require hernia surgery.
As a hernia specialist, Mr Windsor specialises in a variety of hernia surgical treatments such as ventral hernia surgery and incisional hernia surgery. The treatment will begin by assessing the hernia to confirm the diagnosis and extent of the issue. The surgery process will be dependent on the type of hernia, content of the hernia, your symptoms and overall general health.
A ventral hernia is a pouch which forms from within the inner lining of your abdomen and pushes through a hole within the abdominal wall. Occasionally, the hernia forms near or along old surgical scars within the abdomen area – these are known as incisional hernias. In most cases, incisional hernias do not cause any serious problems, but large hernias may make it difficult to breathe or move with ease.