More than a million hernia operations are undertaken in the UK every year and millions more choose to manage their hernias non-operatively and continue with daily life experiencing unease and discomfort. In addition to the Covid lockdowns of 2020 and the restrictions placed on elective surgeries throughout the UK, hernia operations have seen a reduction of 40%, with over six million patients still pending on waiting lists. With extended estimated lead times for non-urgent hernia repairs, it looks like waiting times could be anywhere up to 5 years. With this is mind, there is now an even higher demand for Orthosis to manage hernias in a non-operative capacity.
Hernias occur when part of your internal soft tissues protrude through a weakness in surrounding tissues and muscle walls. These weaknesses can naturally occur from a multitude of different causes. These could include muscle wastage associated with age, general wear and tear, prolonged stress or strain which forms increased intra-cavity pressure and can also occur secondary to a surgical incision.