A hernia is a weakness or tear in the muscles of the abdominal wall, through which intestines protrude out. Hernias are caused by wear and tear of the muscles over the years. Congenital hernias result from weakness that is present at birth. Men and Women of all ages can have hernia as well as children can have hernia. Different types of hernias are classified according to their location. It can be a very painful condition. Though hernias are not life-threatening, they need surgery to prevent complications.
What causes a Hernia?
Hernias are caused when there is a weakness or hole in the muscles that keep organs in their place. There are a variety of reasons why hernias occur such as ageing (due to weakness of muscle), post-surgical damage, chronic coughing, lifting heavy-weights, pregnancy (especially multiple pregnancies)and chronic constipation. Family history of hernias can also put you at the risk of developing one. Hernias may get worse with time or physical stress.
Whom should you consult if you have symptoms of hernia?
If you have symptoms of hernia consult Advanced Laparoscopic surgeon for Laparoscopic Hernia Repair.
Do Hernias Always Require Surgery?
Surgery is the only way to cure a hernia. A hernia will not go away on its own. The good news is that today, most hernias can be corrected by surgery.
How many types of surgeries are generally performed for Hernia treatment?
Mostly two types of surgery- Open surgery & Laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgery are performed to treat hernia.
What is laparoscopic (minimally invasive) hernia repair surgery?
Laparoscopic (minimally invasive) hernia repair surgery uses a laparoscope (a thin, telescope-like instrument) which is inserted through a small incision at the umbilicus (belly button). This procedure is usually performed under general or spinal anaesthesia and thus, the procedure is painless. The laparoscope is connected to a tiny video camera, smaller than a dime, that projects an “inside view” of your body onto television screens in the operating room and the doctor is specially trained for handling such complicated equipment.
Benefits of Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery:
Laparoscopic Hernia Repair Surgery is a painless surgery and the patient can return back to routine work just few days after surgery, significantly reducing patient’s hospital stay. Also, there are lesschances of recurrence. While in open surgery, the hospital stay as well as recovery period is prolonged. Open surgeries are associated with greater scarring.
- Three tiny scars rather than one larger incision– Unlike large cuts or incision made in open hernia repair surgery, laparoscopic surgery requires three tiny scars through which the laparoscope is inserted at the umbilicus to repair the ruptured muscle on the abdominal wall.
- Less pain after surgery– As this surgery is cut less and incision less, it causes minimal post-surgical pain.
- A quicker return to work– As laparoscopic hernia repair causes minimal post-surgical pain and surgical site infection, patient can return back to normal routine faster after surgery.
- A shorter recovery time– Ruptured muscles takes shorter recovery time compared to that of open surgery.
Laparoscopic surgery is one of the most preferred treatment options for hernias. Repairing multiple hernias by single sitting laparoscopic surgery is positively possible with proper infrastructure and experienced laparoscopic surgeon. Laparoscopic hernia repair is a revolution in the field of surgical procedures apart from conventional surgeries with less chances of recurrence.
NeotiaGetwel Healthcare Centre, as one of the leading laparoscopic hospitals in Siliguri, has an expert team of experienced advanced laparoscopic surgeons on board who can perform laparoscopic hernia surgery.