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Laparoscopic Hernia Repair Surgery- When do you need one?
You may postpone your hernia treatment because you don't want to take time off work as you may think that hernia isn't a major health issue. Hernias, on the other hand, can be dangerous if left untreated. It might block the blood supply to the intestine that can lead to life-threatening conditions. These days due to advanced equipment and modified tools and techniques hernias can be repaired easily through the minimally invasive approach or ‘keyhole’ surgery. If your surgeon has recommended a hernia repair surgery, this article will help you understand what you can expect after surgery, when you can get back to work, and many more. Let’s hear it from the panel of doctors practicing laparoscopic hernia surgery in Bangalore.
Hernia- Why does this happen? What can I do to prevent this?
A hernia develops when loose fatty tissues, abdominal contents or organ pushes through a weak place of your lower abdominal wall( lower belly portion) and causes a loop or balloon-like sac bulged out from the weakened area. It can affect people of both genders. It may be congenital (you may born with a hernia) or acquired( may get affected over time).
Following are the ways that can prevent any kind of hernia-
- Chronic constipation
- Eat green fruits, vegetables, and fiber-rich foods to avoid constipation
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Maintain correct postures while lifting heavy objects.
- Chronic cough or sneezing
- Family history of hernias
- Strain while passing urine especially with an enlarged prostate.
How do I know if I have a hernia?
A bulge under the skin in the groin is the most common symptom of a hernia. Certain activities, such as lifting heavy objects, coughing, straining during urination or bowel movements, and prolonged standing or sitting, may cause pain or discomfort at the hernia. The pain may be intense or subtle, and it could get worse as the day progressed.
Your doctor may notice some hernias during a simple physical examination or with imaging.
How do I know whether I need surgery for a hernia or not?
Your doctor may suggest you for hernia repair surgery only if-
- You the hernia is not reducible( the hernia is not going away when you lie down)
- You have continuous pain, tenderness
- And redness in the area.
As per the best doctors in Jayanagar, you may wait or postpone your surgery if-
- The hernia is reducible i.e it goes away when you lie down or you can push it back manually into your belly.
- The size of the hernia is small and causes no symptoms.
You should inform your doctor regarding this so that they can monitor your hernia during a yearly physical.
Type of hernia repair surgeries-
Your hernia can be repaired in two ways-
- Open surgery- During an open hernia repair, an incision, or cut, is made in the groin region.
- In the "sac," the bulging intestine is identified. The hernia is then forced back into the abdomen. Stitches or synthetic mesh are used to reinforce the abdominal wall.
- Laparoscopic hernia surgery-a laparoscope is a narrow, telescope-like tool inserted through a tiny incision near the umbilicus (belly button).
- The laparoscope is linked to a dime-sized video camera that displays an "inside view" of your body on television screens in the operating room.
- The abdomen is inflated with a safe gas (carbon dioxide) to make room for your doctor to examine your interior organs. To expose the weakness in the abdominal wall, the peritoneum (the inner lining of the abdomen) is sliced.
- The mesh is inserted on the inside of the abdominal wall to conceal the flaws and strengthen the tissue.
- The small abdominal incisions are closed with a stitch or surgical tape after the surgery is completed.
FAQ- all your concerns addressed:
How long will it take for recovery after laparoscopic hernia surgery?
After hernia repair surgery, you do not need absolute bed rest. However, any kind of strenuous physical activity is restricted for 4 to 6 weeks.
How can I prevent my hernia from coming back after surgery?
As per the experts specializing in inguinal hernia surgery in Jayanagar, to prevent the recurrence of the hernia, you should maintain the following instructions-
- For the first 4-to 6 weeks you avoid heavy weight lifting
- Stick to the diet chart given to you like intake of high protein
- Try to intake fiber-rich foods and ample liquids to avoid any chances of developing constipation
- Avoid excessive straining
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Avoid smoking and alcohol intake
Can I resume my exercise schedule after hernia surgery?
After an uncomplicated laparoscopic inguinal hernia surgery, you can resume your cardio, weight lifting, or gym activities after three months.
Can I use an Indian toilet after hernia surgery?
Yes, you are free to use both the Indian and western toilets. Squatting does not increase the chances of hernia recurrence. However, you should avoid straining at stool.
Conclusion-if you suspect that you have a hernia, you can consult with our experts practicing laparoscopic surgery in Bangalore.