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Dealing with Hernia: What You Should Know

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Hernia is a condition in which an internal body part protrudes through the abdomen. This could be because of the weakness of the muscles.

It mainly affects men and is often associated with ageing.

“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.

“It is important to repair the hernia at the earliest to avoid this complication.”

Diagnosis of Hernia

In this condition, there is a swelling in the belly that increases or decreases in size.

“The swelling increases when pressure in the abdomen increases during a coughing fit, constipation or if you have difficulty passing urine (in old age) “ says Dr Bajaj.

“Often people find that the swelling reduces when they lie down.”

With time, the hernia may become irreducible, meaning that the swelling does not reduce after lying down.

You should keep in mind that there is no non-surgical treatment of hernia.

Having an irreducible hernia, not being able to pass stools or flatulence, experiencing vomiting could all be symptoms of obstructed hernia.

Surgical Treatment of Obstructed Inguinal Hernia : Vishwas’ Story

Diagnosis

Vishwas Bhargav was traveling from Mumbai to Delhi. He was waiting for his bag to arrive at the baggage claim. When he bent over to pick it up, he knew it was a mistake.

The abdominal pain that had plagued him for sometime only got worse. He sat down, hoping it would subside.

When it didn’t, he hailed a cab and was driven to Sitaram Bhartia Hospital’s 24-hour emergency room.  

At the hospital, he was given a painkiller to ease the pain. Apart from the severe pain, Vishwas reported feeling nauseated and felt an abnormal protrusion in the lower part of his belly. He added that the swelling in his abdomen wasn’t reducing since this morning.

These were suspected to be  signs of obstructed inguinal hernia.

To confirm the suspicion, Dr. Bajaj asked him some questions including whether he had difficulty in passing stool or wind.

Vishwas promptly nodded “ Passing stool became worse this morning. “

After a thorough examination, the doctor confirmed the diagnosis of obstructed inguinal hernia and recommended surgery.

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)

“MIS employs a more specialised technique which is less invasive than an open surgery. The former involves fewer and smaller cuts, shorter recovery time and hospital stay” said Dr Bajaj, allaying Vishwas’ anxiety.

“This keyhole laparoscopic surgery will help you resume daily activities within couple of days of the surgery.”

Dr Bajaj patiently explained the procedure and answered every question.

Vishwas understood that delaying the surgery was a life-threatening risk. Though he was still scared, the doctor’s confidence gave him the confidence to go ahead with the surgery.  

Quick Post Operative Recovery

Vishwas’ surgery went off smoothly. He was advised to not lift any heavy weights or objects for few weeks post – surgery. When he came in for a follow up consultation, he looked relaxed.

“I was able to resume work within a week and had no pain or other complaints” he shared happily.

In many cases, hernia could be life-threatening therefore you shouldn’t delay consulting a surgeon about it. Putting off a consultation or surgery does more harm than good, it only results in suffering and increased medical risks.

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