Vishwas Bhargav, 47, understood the importance of hernia operation when he ignored his abdominal pain and swelling one too many times.
“I had been plagued with pain in my abdomen for some time, but I ignored the symptoms,” recalls Vishwas.
He realized his mistake when his pain got worse when he bent over to pick up his luggage one day at an airport.
“People have the misconception that a small hernia is not harmful. But, in fact, there is a greater chance of obstructed or strangulated hernia in case of a small hernia,” explains Dr. Amarchand S Bajaj, Senior Consultant, General Surgery at Sitaram Bhartia Hospital, Delhi.
Diagnosis for Hernia Operation
Vishwas was driven to Sitaram Bhartia Hospital’s 24-hour emergency room and given a painkiller to ease the pain.
Upon investigation, Vishwas confirmed he was suffering from the following symptoms:
- Severe pain when coughing, bending over, or lifting things
- Swelling in the abdomen that increases when you cough, or strain in case of constipation, or have difficulty passing urine (in old age)
- Difficulty in passing stool or wind (flatus)
- Nausea or vomiting
“With time, the swelling may not reduce after lying down as the hernia becomes irreducible. This may be an indication of obstructed or strangulated hernia.”
It is important to note that there is no non-surgical or medicinal treatment for a hernia. For both reducible and irreducible hernia, operation is required.
After a thorough examination, the doctor confirmed the diagnosis of obstructed inguinal hernia.
Vishwas was advised hernia operation immediately to avoid further complications.
What causes a hernia in adults?
Hernia is a condition in which an internal body part protrudes through the abdomen.
“Hernia usually affects men and is often associated with ageing. This could be because of the weakness of the muscles,” says Dr. Bajaj.
However, some inguinal hernias have no apparent cause.
“Putting off a consultation or surgery may become fatal, as your condition slowly worsens.”
It is important you consult a surgeon for hernia operation at the earliest because your hernia may become strangulated if left untreated for too long.
How long does it take to recover from a hernia surgery?
“Hernia operation is a Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) that involves more specialized technique which is less invasive than an open surgery.”
“MIS employs fewer and smaller cuts, and so you can have a shorter hernia operation recovery time and hospital stay.”
“Keyhole laparoscopic hernia operation allows you to resume daily activities within a couple of days of surgery.”
Vishwas understood that delaying the surgery was a life-threatening risk.
“Initially I was scared of surgery but Dr. Bajaj helped relieve my doubts about hernia operation, cost, and other complications,” says Vishwas.
Vishwas realized the more he delayed hernia repair, the worse it could become. The doctor’s confidence helped him go ahead with the hernia repair surgery.
Post-Hernia Operation Recovery
After Vishwas’ hernia operation went off smoothly, he was advised to not lift any heavy objects for a few weeks post-surgery.
“I was able to resume work within a week, and had no pain or other complaints,” shared Vishwas happily on his follow-up consultation.
In many cases, hernia could be life-threatening therefore you shouldn’t delay consulting a surgeon about it.