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Hernia Repair Surgery

A Hernia occurs when the contents of a body cavity protrude out of the membrane in which they are normally contained through a weak spot in a surrounding muscle or connective tissue.
The most common symptom of hernia is a bulge or lump in the affected area. The symptoms may vary depending upon the type and location of hernia.

In some cases, hernia have no symptoms at all. You may come to know about it during a routine medical examination for some unrelated problem.

However, there is no guaranteed way to prevent getting a hernia or to prevent recurrence of a hernia. Surgery is the only way to cure a hernia as it cannot go away on its own. At AB Hospitals Hernia operation is done effectively by the best doctors at an affordable price.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Hernia?

Hernia is a weakness or a tear in the muscles, through which fatty tissues or organs like the intestines, may bulge out. It can develop in the body in areas like the groin, abdomen, or in the area of incision after a surgery etc.

What are the symptoms of Hernia?

The most common symptom of hernia is a bulge or lump in the affected area. The symptoms may vary depending upon the type and location of hernia. In some cases, hernias have no symptoms at all. You may come to know about it during a routine medical examination for some unrelated problem.

Inguinal hernia:

Patients who have inguinal hernia may notice or feel a lump on either side of the area where the groin and thigh meet (each side of the pubic bone). This can be felt more prominently on standing, bending down or while coughing. Other symptoms of an inguinal hernia are:

  • Feeling of weakness, pressure or heaviness in the abdomen
  • A burning, gurgling or aching sensation at the site of the bulge

Umbilical Hernia

Umbilical hernia is usually found in babies. In this case, the bulge may be felt on touching; the bulge may become more prominent during crying.

Hiatal Hernia:

Hiatal hernia occurs when the stomach pushes up through the diaphragm (a muscular wall separating the chest and abdomen). Hiatal hernia may have no symptoms at all. But few patients may experience symptoms like:

  • Pain in the abdomen and chest area
  • Belching (burping)
  • Heartburn
  • Hiccup
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Throat irritation

What are the treatment options of Hernia?

Surgery is the only way to cure a hernia. A hernia will not go away on its own but will increase in size if left untreated. An untreated hernia may also result in obstruction (intestinal blockage) and "strangulation," which requires immediate medical attention. Strangulation occurs when the blood supply to the herniated bowel is cut off or greatly reduced, causing the bowel tissue to die or rupture.The surgical results with smaller hernias are more satisfying as compared to large hernias. Surgery for hernia is:

Laparoscopic surgery: A laparoscopic hernia operation is a minimally invasive approach that involves the use of laparoscope and allows a laparoscopic surgeon to repair the weakened area through several small incisions (about a half-centimetre), using a non absorbable mesh to cover the weak area.

What are the risks of hernia surgery?

The risks for hernia operation include:

  • Infection and bleeding at the site
  • Nerve damage
  • Numbness of skin, loss of blood supply to scrotum or testicles causing testicular
    atropathy
  • Damage to the cord that carries sperm from the testicles to the penis resulting in
    infertility
  • Damage to the femoral artery or vein

What are the advantages of laparoscopic hernia surgery?

Advanced laparoscopic surgery is very effective to treat hernias. As compared to the
conventional open hernia repair
 surgery, this operation is less painful, with lesser infection and recurrence rate, and the patient makes a early recovery within 1 -2 weeks.

What are pre-surgery and post surgery instructions?

Pre surgery instructions

  • Some vital tests are required before Hernia Operation.

  • Follow your surgeon instructions for any prescribed medications.

  • Avoid any medication minimum 5 days prior to the surgery.

  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco for few days before surgery.

  • One day prior to surgery the patient is not allowed to take anything orally except medicines, after midnight.

Post surgery instructions

  • The patient is kept under observation for 2-4 hours and then shifted to the room.

  • Patient is allowed to sip oral liquids on the same day of surgery, and can have meals from the next day morning.

  • The patient is allowed to move and use the restroom on his own on the same day of the surgery.

  • Generally the patient is discharged on the same or on the next day of the surgery.

  • The dressings are removed during the first follow up visit which occurs within 2-5 days.

  • The patient is instructed to carefully follow the diet instructions as provided by doctor.

  • Medication chart is provided to the patient to ensure proper compliance of prescribed medications

  • Regular follow up is advised.

How long can I wait for surgery, how much is this risky to wait?

It is risky to wait for too long without treating the hernia; they tend to get bigger and may cause life-threatening complications. Based on your symptoms and medical examinations, the doctor will recommend whether you should undergo an operation immediately or you can wait.

Do all insurances cover hernia consultations surgeries?

Yes, all insurances cover hernia surgeries. Hernia is not considered as cosmetic or elective.

Where would my hernia surgery be performed and can I expect the highest quality of care being delivered to me?

Your hernia repair surgery will be performed in the advanced surgical unit. AB Hospital provides the highest quality surgical care. Highly skilled professionals in the field with rich experience in their field perform the surgery.

Will I be able to get back to my normal activities after the hernia repair surgery?

Yes, usually you can get back to your normal activities within 3 weeks after the hernia repair surgery.

Will my Hernia repair surgery be expensive?

The package price that we quote is all inclusive and pretty transparent. Our doctors, facilities and laboratories have agreed to provide your surgery at reasonable fees and not a rupee more. The result is that we are able to optimize cost of hernia surgery with best quality care.