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Hernia Repair Surgery

Untreated hernia can lead to severe complications. It may affect the nearby tissues and cause terrible ache, swelling, nausea, constipation, and fever. It can even develop into tissue strangulation. If you have been diagnosed with a hernia, consult Dr. Jay Chokshi. He is one of the most experienced laparoscopic surgeons in South Gujarat for all types of hernia repair surgery. Book an appointment for herniorrhaphy today.

Do you notice a bulge or feel tenderness in the abdominal or the groin area? Does it cause pain when bending down, coughing, or sneezing? The reason behind your troubles can be a hernia. Often, doctors notice that difficulty in lifting heavy objects, nausea, vomiting, constipation are signs and symptoms of hernia.

A hernia occurs when an organ or tissue starts protruding from its original place. The organ/tissue starts pushing on the nearby muscles or fascia and weakens it, causing discomfort and pain to the patient.

What are the Different Types of Hernia?

It is essential to know that there are many other types of hernias because many organs may push through the orifices/cavities in the body. However, we are limiting our discussion to the hernias primarily caused in the abdominal area.

1. Inguinal Hernia

Inguinal and Femoral Hernia

The most common type of hernia, an inguinal hernia, is a noticeable bump near the pubic area, especially where the thigh and groin connect. The intestine or the bladder starts protruding through the abdominal cavity or the inguinal canal in the groin. Approximately 96% of groin hernias are inguinal hernias. Usually, the male population is prone to it. Even newborn babies and young children can develop inguinal hernia due to a weak abdominal wall.

An inguinal hernia does not go away on its own. You will require an inguinal hernia surgery to fix the hernia and alleviate your symptoms: discomfort in the groin area and difficulty while bending down, coughing, and sneezing.

What is the cost of Inguinal Hernia Repair in Surat?

A traditional unilateral hernia repair surgery can cost INR. 25,000 to INR. 30,000. The cost of open bilateral inguinal hernia repair is INR. 35,000 to INR. 40,000. If the doctor approves you for laparoscopic surgery, the prices can change. A laparoscopic unilateral inguinal hernia repair operation can cost INR. 40,000. And a bilateral inguinal hernia repair surgery done with the help of a laparoscope can cost INR. 60,000.

Please Note: The cost of hernia repair surgery in Surat varies due to the difference in fees of the GI surgeon, anesthesiologist, hospital/nursing staff, etc. Even changes in hospital choice, type of ward, type of room category, number of days in the hospitals, consumables, medicines, implants, investigative tests, etc., affect the cost of any GI surgery.

2. Femoral Hernia

A femoral hernia occurs below the inguinal ligament. If the tissues push through the weakened femoral canal, doctors call it the femoral hernia. It is most common in pregnant and obese women. Although, its exact cause is unknown.

Often people confuse inguinal hernia and femoral hernia as the same. One reason can be that femoral hernias are uncommon, and only 5% of all groin hernias qualify as femoral. Patients may feel a sudden pain in the affected region due to the hernia. The inner thigh and groin may seem tender and swollen. It can cause nausea, fever, and vomiting in severe cases.

3. Incisional Hernia

Just as the name suggests, past surgeries and incomplete healing wounds cause an incisional hernia. If you have had previous abdominal surgery, the weakened intestine may push through the abdominal wall and cause an incisional hernia. Reports mention that 1/3rd of abdominal surgeries can result in a post-operative incisional hernia. So, when you undergo a medical procedure, ensure thorough post-operative care to avoid further complications.

If you see a prominent bulge around your abdomen, especially after three to six months of surgery, do not ignore it. Check whether it pains while coughing or sneezing. Do you have difficulty in lifting heavy objects, bloating, or constipation? Check for other symptoms of a hernia and consult the doctor immediately.

4. Umbilical Hernia

If a section of the intestine pushes through the abdominal wall near the navel area, it is called an umbilical hernia. Unlike other types of hernias that occur in adulthood, umbilical hernias are common among newborns. However, obese women or females who have had many children are also susceptible to it. Other reasons for umbilical hernia may include fluid in the abdominal region and previous surgeries.

Abdominal pain and tenderness are common symptoms of umbilical hernia. The abdomen may look full and round with a discolored bulge of the hernia. It is necessary to look for signs of umbilical hernia when the baby cries or coughs, thus, causing a strain on the hernia. Constipation, fever, and vomiting may occur among patients of all ages.

5. Hiatal Hernia

When the upper stomach protrudes through the hiatus (the opening of the diaphragm through which the esophagus passes), doctors call it a hiatal hernia. A diaphragmatic hernia can occur due to a defect in the diaphragm.

Small hiatal hernias are rarely symptomatic. However, larger hiatal hernias can show signs of repetitive regurgitation after ingestion of food or liquid, acid reflux, difficulty in swallowing, chest pain, and abdominal pain. Vomiting and passage of black stools may occur in complicated cases. Do not ignore the signs as common symptoms of indigestion or constipation. If you notice such symptoms, visit the surgical gastroenterologist for immediate treatment.

What are the Causes of Hernia?

Hernias occur when an internal organ pushes through a weakened spot in the body. The most common causes of hernia include:

  1. A congenital disorder that weakens the muscles
  2. Old age
  3. Damage from a previous injury
  4. Lifting heavy objects
  5. Strenuous exercise regime
  6. Diarrhea or constipation that strains the abdominal muscle
  7. Continuous coughing or chronic sneezing
  8. Weak abdominal muscles
  9. Existence of fluid in the abdomen
  10. Cystic fibrosis
  11. Obesity
  12. Pregnancy
  13. Poor nutrition
  14. Smoking.

When should you visit a Surgical Gastroenterologist for Hernia Treatment?

If you notice a bulge in the abdominal cavity or experience any of the symptoms, it is best to consult a surgical gastroenterologist. Any delay can complicate the situation and cause you more suffering.

Dr. Jay Chokshi is an expert on the diseases that affect the gastrointestinal tract. To diagnose a hernia, the doctor will conduct a physical examination, discuss family history, past surgeries, and ask you about your lifestyle. Tests may include abdominal ultrasound, CT scan, and MRI scan.

What is Hernia Repair Surgery?

Once the doctor confirms a hernia as the cause of your pain, he may suggest a hernia repair surgery to alleviate your symptoms. He will perform the surgery to repair the hernia and close the abdominal wall with a surgical mesh.

In the past, open hernia repair surgeries were the norm. However, modern medical science has made laparoscopic hernia surgeries more common than ever. If you are eligible for a laparoscopic hernia repair operation, the doctor will use the laparoscope with a tiny-camera at the end to take a closer look at the organs without making large incisions. It ensures reduced post-operative care and minimal scarring.

Usually, hernias do not show any symptoms. So, it is necessary to ensure regular medical checkups to avoid any complications. If you have a hernia, it will require surgery to reinforce the muscle and fix the abnormal opening in the tissue. Do not wait for your condition to worsen. Seek medical consultation today. Call on +91 9016519832 to book a consultation today.

Dr. Jay Chokshi

Dr. Jay Chokshi is a reputed hernia repair doctor in Gujarat. Residing in Surat, he is available at Dr. Jay Chokshi’s Gastro Center.

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