Miss Patricia Boorman

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon



A hernia occurs when an internal part of the body pushes through a weakness in the muscle or surrounding tissue wall.
Types of Hernia treatment in Exeter for Herniae with Miss Patricia Boorman Colorectal Consultant Surgeon

hernia occurs when an organ or fatty tissue squeezes through a weak spot in a surrounding muscle or connective tissue called fascia. The most common types of hernia are inguinal (inner groin), incisional (resulting from an incision), femoral (outer groin), umbilical (belly button), and hiatal (upper stomach).

Miss Boorman treats a range of common hernias including: epigastric herniafemoral herniaincisional herniainguinal hernia & umbilical/paraumbilical hernia.

Miss Boorman also treats Spigelian Hernia - a rare condition caused by weakness in the muscles of the abdominal wall.

What is a Spigelian Hernia?

A hernia is a hole through a weakness in the abdominal wall.

If you have a Spigelian hernia you may notice a lump or bulge appearing to the side and below your tummy button. It occurs along the lower edge of the “six-pack” in body builders!

The bulge consists most usually of fatty tissue but may contain bowel (gut).

You may experience discomfort at first but it may become more painful when lifting heavy objects or coughing.

What causes it?

These hernias are caused by a weakness in the muscles of the abdominal wall.

Other factors, which contribute to the development of hernias are obesity, coughing, heavy work, sports etc.

What does treatment / management involve?

Many patients wish to have a hernia repaired because they are increasing in size, becoming more unsightly and uncomfortable.

What would happen if the hernia was not treated?

The weakness in the muscle wall could enlarge and rarely may contain loops of bowel. In these circumstances if you are unable to push the hernia back, a blockage of the bowel may occur, which causes vomiting and abdominal pain.

If you experience this you should contact your doctor immediately as you may require an emergency operation. 

Book a consultation with Miss Boorman today.

Epigastric Hernia

An epigastric hernia may cause pain and tenderness. Epigastric hernias are lumps or bulges that occur in the upper part of the abdominal wall.
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Femoral hernia

A femoral hernia is a loop of intestine, or another part of the abdominal contents, that has been forced out of the abdomen through a channel called the 'femoral canal.
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Incisional Hernia

An Incisional Hernia is a hernia that occurs through a previously made incision in the abdominal wall, ie the scar left from a previous surgical operation.
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Inguinal Hernia

An inguinal (pronounced "ingwinal") hernia is the most common type of hernia. It can appear as a swelling or lump in your groin, or as an enlarged scrotum (the pouch containing the testicles).
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Umbilical/Paraumbilical Hernia

Indirect umbilical (paraumbilical) hernias protrude above or below the umbilicus and are the most common type of umbilical hernia in adults
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Miss Boorman's Profile

Check out Miss Boorman's profile showcasing her background, training and also her wide range of experience in colorectal conditions.
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