A hernia is a weakness in the muscles of the abdominal wall. The contents of the abdomen may bulge into the weakness, particularly on straining and although many cause no particular problems, occasionally, the contents of the hernia may become damaged. There are many types of hernia. Inguinal hernia is the commonest type, appearing in the groin, particularly in men. These are traditionally treated with an open operation although keyhole surgery is beingĀ  increasingly used, particularly for bilateral or recurrent hernia. Other types of hernia include femoral, umbilical, epigastric and spigelian hernia. Herniae may also be associated with a surgical scar (incisional hernia) or stoma (parastomal) All these may be treated with open or keyhole surgery. Exeter Specialist Clinics offer extensive expertise in the assessment and treatment of all types of hernia from simple repair, keyhole surgery and complex reconstruction of complex hernia using state of the art techniques and materials.