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A hernia is a very common medical condition that thankfully can also be treated very effectively with hernia surgery. Here, we have answered the common questions asked by people in the simplest way.

What is Hernia?

A hernia is the abnormal swelling generally found in the abdomen or groin area. It occurs when fatty tissues compress and make their way through a weak spot or opening in a muscle wall.

What are the symptoms of Hernia?

Mostly hernia is just a bump that initially causes no discomfort or pain to the patient. The first and foremost symptom to look for is a bulge in the problem area. Look for other symptoms like pain in the affected area while coughing and lifting something, having heavy stomach, burning sensation around the bulge. Severe symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and heartburn.

What are the causes of hernia?

The common causes of hernia are as following:
• Poor nutrition
• Being overweight or obese
• Smoking, as it weakens muscles
• Chronic constipation
• Chronic cough and sneezing
• Lifting heavyweights
• Enlarged prostate
• Genetics

What are the different types of Hernia?

There are different types of hernia. Some of them are as follows:
1. Inguinal hernia: Occurs in the groin.
2. Umbilical hernia- Soft painless swelling near the (mostly baby’s) navel.
3. Hiatal hernia: The upper part of the stomach pushes through the diaphragm. It mostly happens in old and overweight people.
4. Incisional hernia: Happens when a past abdominal surgery’s wound does not heal properly.

How hernia is treated?

The only permanent treatment available for hernia is surgery. The two preferred methods for operating hernia include open hernia surgery and laparoscopic hernia operation. The surgical method depends upon the individual’s case.

Which surgical method would be the best for treating hernia?

An open hernia surgery causes a permanent scar in the affected area and it takes longer to heal the surgical wound. It is sometimes suggested for people having a hernia either very large in size or if it has been left untreated for long.

Laparoscopic hernia surgery which is also known as keyhole hernia surgery or a microscopic hernia operation causes less complications and pain than an open procedure. This surgical method gives no scar, reduces the chance of getting infections, requires less hospital stay and speedy recovery. Laparoscopic surgery offers numerous benefits like shorter hospital stay and faster recovery and so on. Thus, it is preferred by most patients seeking hernia surgery.

How can hernia be prevented?

A hernia can be prevented by adopting a few required changes in our lifestyle. The tips for preventing hernia are as follows:

– Don’t carry heavyweights, or do it with caution.
– Quit smoking.
– Maintain healthy body weight.
– Do the right exercise.
– Avoid constipation.
– Maintain good body posture.
– Eat fiber-rich foods.
– Stop overexertion.

We hope all your queries about hernia are answered. Do not try to treat hernia on your own. A hernia does not go away on its own, it can only be treated surgically by medical practitioners. For more information, get in touch with us at Varanasi Hospitals.

Hernia Surgery

A hernia is a very common health problem amongst men and women. Though it is common, thankfully it can be resolved through hernia surgery effectively. However, many people don’t want to go for surgery and usually rely on hernia belts. Now the question is, is hernia belt a permanent cure of Hernia? Let’s discuss the effectiveness of the hernia belt.

What is a Hernia?

A hernia occurs when a portion of an internal organ pushes through the membrane wall and budges out externally.. An abdominal hernia is the most common form of hernia. Thankfully, most of the hernias are not dangerous and it can be resolved through hernia surgery. There are 4 types of hernia- Inguinal Hernia, Hiatal Hernia, Umbilical Hernia, and Incisional Hernia. A hernia can appear prominently during coughing, sneezing, lifting and pushing heavy things, even during laughing.

Hernia belts are specially made for those who are suffering from inguinal hernia (hernia emerging near the groin). It is a supportive undergarment mostly worn by men to keep the inguinal bulge in the right place and get relief from pain. Hernia belt convulses the abdominal wall and pressure back the bulge inside the abdominal wall. It is a temporary solution to get relief from pain. However, it is not a permanent solution.

Hernia belts are made of metal and elastic, which prevent the lump from budging out through the abdominal wall. However, it is very uncomfortable due to constant pressure and most of the patients felt discomfort wearing it all the time. Long usage of hernia belt can weaken the abdominal tissues even more and it is not a permanent cure from a hernia either.

Hernia surgery is the only permanent solution for a hernia. It is safe, and effective procedure for all patients. Through Laparoscopic surgery, it is now even easier and safer than ever. Most patient can regain a hernia-free life without any complications through this.

If your hernia is causing pain and discomfort, consult with your doctor about treatment options. Varanasi Hospital known as the best Laparoscopic surgery hospital in India, assure patients with the best treatment and recovery for all types of hernia.

Hernia Surgery

Hernia surgery is performed to fix a hernia, it happens when a portion of an internal organ budges out through an abdominal opening. A hernia is very common amongst both men and women. It can be detected, while lifting heavy things, coughing, sneezing, also during exercising. The hernia can develop over time or it can be intrinsic as well. If it budges out more often during coughing and sneezing, Hernia Surgery becomes inevitable.

Hernia surgery can be done in two ways, open surgery and laparoscopic surgery. Almost every expert doctor prefers laparoscopic surgery for ensuring the maximum benefits of the patient. With the help of the laparoscopic surgery, a patient can recover quickly and go home the very same or the following day.

Here are some tips to follow after hernia surgery for a faster recovery.

1. Take rest for a few days after surgery. You can walk slowly in the room though, as it increases circulation. But do not walk too fast, otherwise, it can strain the abdomen.

2. Follow the diet your doctor provided. Eat fiber foods, fresh fruits, and green vegetables. Vegetables are good to avoid constipation and mitigate excess pressure built up.

3. Drink a lot of water and other fluids, which help you to recover from the pain quickly and promote healing the incision areas. You will get back to normal life soon.

4. Use a pillow while coughing and sneezing. Hold it against the belly to reduce the pain and shock.

5. Do not lift any load for a few weeks after the operation. If needed, you can start with light things first, after a few weeks.

6. Avoid driving while continuing the pain medications as driving can strain the incision areas. Consult with your doctor about the ideal time to resume driving.

7. Take care of the incision areas and regularly change the bandages or band-aids as per instruction.

8. Wear comfortable and lightweight clothes, preferably made up of cotton, which are easy to change.

9. Gently dry out the incision areas with a soft towel after a shower.

10. Do not work out and engage in any sports activities for a few weeks after the surgery. Consult with your doctor about it.

Stick to your doctor’s advice properly, take proper medication and follow these steps, so that you can recover from your hernia surgery and can get back to your normal life quickly. In case of any swelling, fever, or bleeding, see your doctor immediately.

Laparoscopic Hernia Operation

A hernia is definitely self-diagnosable but cannot be cured on its own. It becomes bigger with each passing day. It can even worsen and be life-threatening if left untreated for long. Hence, a hernia patient is advised to go for a surgery.

There are mainly two surgical ways to treat a hernia. Let’s brief them both so that you can pick the best option for yourself-

1. Open Surgery:

In this process, the surgeons would make a large incision to open the affected area. Next, they will push it back to the abdominal cavity but in a few cases, they can also remove the hernia tissues as well After that, the surgeon will close the operated muscle with stitches.

However, such type of operation is certainly not a painless treatment. Pain cannot be felt during the surgery, but the large incision and stitches cause pain and swelling during recovery. Some people can also develop longlasting chronic pain after open hernia surgery. Even blood clots are very common among patients due to a prolonged period under anesthesia.

2. Laparoscopic Hernia Operation:

it is also known as minimally invasive surgery and overcomes many drawbacks of the previous type. In the case of laparoscopic surgery, the surgeons would artificially inflate the abdominal cavity with some Carbon dioxide gas. Then, the skilled laparoscopic surgeons would make a few small cuts near the affected area. It is followed by inserting a thin tube with a camera, to guide the surgeons during the operation along with other a cold light source, and other necessary equipment. After completion, they remove the equipment and stitch small incisions. Usually, due to it’s shorter recovery period and less risk with modern technique, many doctors preferred it over open surgery. Patients can be back to their places within a day or two, and resume normal life within a fortnight.

Hence, you are recommended to choose the surgery approach wisely. Laparoscopic hernia operation can be a solution to address your concern.Read more: Advantage Of Laparoscopic Hernia Repair Surgery Over Open Surgery.

At Varanasi Hospital, we provide both the surgical facilities. However, you are suggested to consult our doctors to consider your health, lifestyle, and age before choosing the procedure.

Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery

A hernia happens to be a swollen lump which is a result of weak abdominal or groin muscle. In fact, it can even be a tear in muscle tissues, which can result in a bulging of the intestines or fat tissues through the weak area, on setting a hernia.

As observed by the laparoscopic hernia surgeon team at Varanasi Hospital, hernias can be of different types, depending on their characteristics, position, and symptoms. However, many a time, it is debated whether or not inguinal hernias can be hereditary, which means can it occur due to a genetic influence or not. let’s understand that in details.

An inguinal hernia can be located in our inguinal canal. In case of a man, their inguinal canal passageways are more sensitive. Hence, groin hernia is common in men.

However, the question is- if you are supposedly having this painful experience, is there any chance of the same happening to your son in the future as well? A hernia can happen due to strain and stress on weak muscles, but is it genetical? Some types of hernias can be congenital.

It means that a person can be born with that due to the abdominal wall weakness. However, most of the time, it is acquired due to everyday activities. Normally when people lift something heavy or work in an awkward position such as bending forward, standing for too long or stressing on their lower abdomen, it makes them susceptible to having a hernia in the future. Moreover, a prior lower abdominal surgery or injury uplifts the chance pretty high as well.

In several cases, it has been found that a family line comprises of genetic makeup that leads to weaker muscle build-up. As a result, it is not uncommon to find consecutive generation to have an inguinal hernia. Thus, it looks as if a hernia is hereditary, but actually, it is due to poor lifestyle choices.

Therefore, it can be concluded that hernias are not genetical but the weak muscular tissues can be!It can also be stated that the genes which are involved in the connective muscle development, are the main reasons behind such ‘inherited’ a hernia. Making healthier lifestyle is even more crucial for such generation to rule out its possibility in the future.

Those who come for Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery for groin hernias are often asked about their family medical history for this very same reason. Hence, you are suggested not to hide anything from the doctors before going for a hernia operation.

Always remember, our efforts to stay fit is a crucial factor that determines our overall health and many a time, can mitigate even many genetic conditions.

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