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Why keyhole surgery is better for everyone!

BOTH gallstone surgery and hernia repair can be carried out as either open surgery or laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery. With keyhole surgery, quality of life following recovery is usually better, it is safer, there is less risk of wound infections, less requirement for pain medication and a quicker return to normal activities - an all-round better experience.

Technically, the keyhole method is more demanding for the surgeon and you should choose a surgeon who does this frequently to be sure they are good at their craft.

When performed well, by appropriately trained surgeons who are experienced and who specialise in gallstones or hernia repair, the results are very good.

Nuffield Health Cardiff and Vale Hospitals' Mr Elijah Ablorsu has extensive experience in managing and treating gallstone and all types of abdominal hernia and primarily specialises in the treatment of groin hernias and groin pain, using advanced keyhole techniques.

Consultant general surgeon Mr Ablorsu explained: "To repair the groin hernia, when the keyhole technique is used, the defect or hole is covered with a mesh from within the abdomen and this prevents reoccurrence in the future.

"By using small surgical incisions, fewer muscles are cut so there is less harm to muscles in the groin and these are the main reasons why the keyhole technique is associated with less postoperative pain and faster recovery, compared to open surgery."

It is the small groin hernias which are usually more painful, due to the tension they cause, whereas larger hernias cause more discomfort and a higher chance of complications.

If both sides of the groin need surgery, the benefits of laparoscopic surgery are even higher because, in contrast to open surgery, there is no need for additional incisions.

Keyhole hernia repair usually takes about 30-45 minutes to complete and patients are usually able to go home on the same day.

Some people stay in hospital overnight if they have other medical problems or if they live alone. From the first day after surgery, a return to light physical activities is advised. Likewise, laparoscopic gallstone surgery reduces the time spent recovering from a couple of months down to a couple of weeks.

On the evening of Wednesday, March 13, Nuffield Health Cardiff and Vale Hospitals' consultant general surgeon Mr Ablorsu will be giving a free information event on this subject at the Vale hospital.

Following the presentation, visitors are offered a complimentary one-to-one advice session to discuss what the options are for them. This does not replace a full consultation, but is a great way to ask any questions in a private setting.

| To book online go to: www.nuffieldhealth.com/hospitals/cardiff-and-vale/events or ring 01443 449251.

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Mr Elijah Ablorsu, consultant general surgeon, will be speaking at Nuffield Health Vale Hospital on Wednesday, March 13

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