The word Hernia means ‘something coming through’. The abdominal wall is tough sheet of muscle and tendon and works as a corset holding the abdominal contents in place.
However, it is prone to weakness especially where there are natural weaknesses in our abdominal wall such as the groins (Inguinal and Femoral) and the navel (Umbilical) regions predisposing to herniation.
In addition, the protective corset effect is also lost on the scars following abdominal surgery resulting in incisional hernias.
Hernias can often be harmless and pain-free, but can, at times, bring discomfort and pain.
With the exception of an incisional hernia (a complication of abdominal surgery), in most cases, there is no obvious reason for a hernia to occur.
The risk of hernia increases with age and occurs more commonly in men than in women.
Gallbladder removal (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) is one of the most commonly performed surgical operations.
This is usually performed using key hole technique and the medical term for this is laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
The pancreas is a gland that lies towards the back of the upper part of the abdomen. It is shaped like a club, and is described as having a head, neck, body and tail.
The pancreas does two things: It makes a digestive juice, rich in enzymes, which is useful in digesting fatty foods It makes insulin, which controls the blood sugars.
The liver is a large reddish brown solid organ that sits in the upper part of the abdomen. Generally, the liver is four to five times the size of your fist.
The liver has two halves or lobes, the right lobe and the left lobe, but the right lobe is larger than the left; roughly the right lobe is 60-65% of the liver.
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