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Hernia Treatment without Surgery – is it possible?
First, one should understand what a hernia is.
A hernia is a structural defect ( ie a ‘tear’ or opening ) internally in your muscle, leading to the protrusion of internal organs through the opening.
Surgery involves ‘pushing’ the protruding organs back in place through the opening and closing the opening (with or without a mesh).
A hernia cannot ‘heal’ itself through medicine or exercises, ie the tissue around the opening cannot grow and close the opening by itself. Most hernia cases require surgery. If not immediately, sometime in the future.
However, thanks to new age procedures like Hitech Hernia Treatment, hernia surgery is quick and painless, almost like a routine visit to the doctor.
How much does the Hitech Hernia Treatment Program cost?
Hernia sugery cost varies based on the defect size, type of mesh, technique used (open/ laparoscopy) and any need for abdominal wall reconstruction. An estimate of the costs involved can be given only after examining the patient.
I have a hernia but there’s no pain. Should I go in for surgery now ?
An uncomplicated hernia usually causes mild pain or discomfort only.
However, a hernia may aggravate over time.
Severe pain in a hernia means the content of the hernia (intestine) is strangulated or getting strangulated (loses its blood supply). In such a case emergency surgery is advised.
Hence it is always wise to get a hernia operated as soon as possible.
How can I ensure that a hernia is not aggravated ?
In general do not exercise or lift heavy weights as this will make your muscle stretch and aggravate the hernial defect.
It is best to consult your surgeon who will examine you and advise accordingly.
Is hernia surgery covered under Insurance ?
Most Insurance policies cover hernia repairs. Please check with your Insurance Provider on the specifics.
At the Hitech Hernia Centre, we have tie-ups with most of the leading insurance providers in India.
Is hernia surgery a major surgery?
No surgery is minor.
Hernia surgery requires a proper assessment by the doctor, and keen physical and mental preparation by both the patient and the doctor. Straight forward (non-recurrent) small hernias are usually more easily treated than later stage hernias.
However, thanks to modern technology, hernia surgery has improved tremendously.
What is the difference between laparoscopic hernia surgery and open hernia surgery ?
Laparoscopic hernia surgery is a minimal access procedure. The surgeon uses special instruments such as the laparoscope ( fitted with a high resolution camera ), which are inserted through tiny openings in the body (often as small as 5mm). The laparoscopic surgeon operates by viewing the camera feed on a television screen. Since the openings are small, collateral damage is minimal and patients heal rapidly.
Open hernia surgery is the traditional form of hernia surgery, in which the surgeon makes an incision in the body, repairs the hernia, and closes the incision.
Is laparoscopic hernia surgery better than open hernia surgery?
Not always. The choice of laparoscopic or open surgery depends on the site of hernia, size of the defect and whether it’s a first time repair or recurrent hernia. An experienced hernia surgeon will be the best judge to get the best result and lowest recurrence rate.
Is laparoscopic hernia surgery cheaper than open hernia surgery ?
No. Laparoscopic hernia surgery is more expensive than open because of the special instrumentation and tissue separating meshes used.
I am planning to get pregnant. Can I undergo hernia surgery ?
Usually this will be discussed by the surgeon on a case to case basis based on the hernia type.
Tell you surgeon about your plan.
Will open hernia surgery leave a scar ?
No. Open techniques for hernia repair use smaller incisions than before and skin crease based incisions (incisions which merge into the crease lines). Further most wounds are closed using glue which makes scars more cosmetic.
Will it hurt during hernia surgery ?
Our surgeons and anesthetists will ensure that you are kept as pain-free as possible during surgery. Hernia surgery has made tremendous progress over the years. Today, there are excellent techniques to minimise pain during the procedure.
Will I be awake during hernia surgery ?
Hernia surgery takes place under local, general or regional (lower half of the body) anaesthesia.
If the surgery is under local anaesthesia, you will be awake and talk to the surgeon and anaesthetist throughout the procedure.
Laparoscopic hernia surgery is typically done under general anaesthesia.
How long does hernia surgery take ?
This depends on the type of hernia and the use of mesh in the surgery.
In most cases, surgical time varies from 45 minutes up to 3 hours.
How long will I take to return to normal ?
Most patients are allowed to walk 4-6 hours after surgery.
If you undergo hernia surgery under pure local anaesthesia, you will be allowed to walk immediately after surgery. You will be encouraged to stay off the bed if you are up to it.
When can I get back to work after hernia surgery ?
In most cases this will vary from one to three weeks based on the type of job you do and also the hernia ( size, site and technique used ).
When can I get back to the gym after hernia surgery ?
Usually 8 weeks after surgery. This is subject to the surgeon’s approval.
Do I need any rehabilitation (exercises) after surgery ?
Yes. All hernia patients go through an exercise program 6 weeks after surgery to restore muscle tone, prevent muscle atrophy and prevent weight gain.
How do I manage pain after hernia surgery ?
Many techniques are used to keep you comfortable after surgery. These include long-acting local anaesthetics, regional blocks and safer painkillers.
Can I take a bath after hernia surgery ?
In most cases you can have a bath immediately the day after surgery.
If a drain is kept then you will have to wait for it to be removed before allowing water on the wound.