The surgical operation for hernias is called a herniotomy. This involves a small incision in the groin so that the intact connection is found and tied off.
Generally for hydrocoeles in babies, hernia surgery is unnecessary as the majority will close by the age of 1 year. Beyond which, the chance of it closing spontaneously is less likely and hernia surgery is recommended.
For hernias, hernia surgery should not be delayed as there is a risk of complications due to the intestine getting stuck.
There is no need to remove stitches as absorbable sutures will be used to close the wound. There will be a clear adhesive wound dressing applied. This dressing can be removed after 1 week (or you can wait till the clinic appointment whereby your doctor will remove it for you).
Your child will be given medical leave for 1 week. But usually, the child can go back to school earlier if he can walk without discomfort.
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