Hernias are more than just a bulge on the abdominal wall, and their presence can impact your everyday life. This is why the European Hernia Society has created a series of short videos and materials to help you find answers regarding hernias. We aim to improve patient care around the diagnosis and treatment of abdominal wall hernias and to improve your safety and quality of care before, during and after hernia repair operations.
Perhaps you suffer from a hernia or maybe there is someone in your family or a friend who does, there are often many questions that you might have: Is it actually a hernia? Should I go to the doctor? Do I need surgery? Can any surgeon repair my hernia? Are there any risks? Do I need to prepare myself before surgery? How long will it take for me return to everyday life after surgery?
Online you might already have found answers to all these questions. But be careful of the online source as they might not always be correct and misinformation can do more harm than good. Together with our partners from BD, we decided to put a summary of some of the important questions about hernia in one place so that you can be sure it is up to date and based on evidence from the medical literature.
The five one-minute videos are in English or German with subtitles available in Czech, Danish, French, Italian, Spanish and Turkish. Just choose the one you are most comfortable with and get the information you need about #YourHernia today. We hope this helps you make the right choice around hernia surgery for you. And perhaps help you ask the right questions to your surgeon also.
Watch the videos on this page.
EHS has developed a leaflet for persons who suffer from umbilical or epigastric hernia, or who take care of friends or family members who does. The leaflet is available in multiple languages.
Are you living with a hernia? The EHS understand exactly how
this affects patients both physically and emotionally and have a dedicated
patient Facebook group to support you on your journey. Our friendly and relaxed
group is a private space which welcomes members and their families with all
abdominal hernia from all around the world. We know that you will have
questions and concerns, we will provide you with all the information and
support you need from diagnosis, living with your hernia, surgery and your
We are waiting to welcome you today! Please use this link: https://m.facebook.com/groups/262467366015030
This video explains how a hernia may feel and what you should do if you suspect you have a hernia.
This video explains how you may identify the best hernia surgeon for your problem.
Ask your doctor how you may reduce the risk of complications and what to expect. You can also consult materials prepared by the EHS for patients.
Your surgeon is trained to adapt the surgery to your needs and handle any situation that may occur during the surgery.
After the surgery you can go back to your normal activities as soon as you are able. Enjoy your life!
Filip Muysoms / General surgeon / EHS President / Belgium
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