A Hernia is an abnormal swelling over the abdomen due to weakness in the abdominal wall. For patients, surgery is the only option for treating Hernia.
Use of mesh to reinforce the weakness of hernia has changed the outcome in hernia surgery. Furthermore, Laparoscopy and now even Robot is used for effective surgeries. This has improved patient comfort tremendously. At Ruby Hall Clinic we have developed standardized care pathways to offer end to end hernia solutions for all kinds of hernias.
FAQs On Hernia
The word Hernia comes from Latin which means “RUPTURE”. A Hernia is an abnormal protrusion of an organ from the body cavity to another/outside world.
Practically everywhere! But commonly it occurs in the ABDOMINAL WALL.
The abdominal wall hernias can be of various types! Groin Hernias are the most common of all abdominal wall hernias. To be specific these are called as INGUINAL Hernia. Inguinal is further classified into two, Direct and Indirect Hernia.
Apart from the Groin Hernia, there are other types of hernia that occurs in varying frequency but needs equal attention. These are –
Umbilical hernia – through the navel.
Epigastric hernia – through the weakness of the upper abdomen.
Incisional hernia – occurs through acquired defect or weakness, the incision of previous surgery.
Most people consult doctors for either a swelling which is gradually increasing in size or pain. The unsightly swelling can cause disfigurement of the body, poor fitting of clothes, restrict your athletic ability, affect sexual function and what follows next is low self-esteem!
Pain, distressing of all symptoms can be a nagging or dragging type, to begin with, and can later progress to constant colicky type if the hernia complicates.
Hernias are known to complicate and such complications come uninvited.
The content of the hernia usually moves to and fro from the abdominal cavity to the hernia sac, but unfortunately, the movement can get obstructed. The content may not go back into the abdominal cavity and its function might get hampered. If it’s in the intestine then it may cause an intestinal obstruction. Worst case scenario, a patient’s intestines can get severely damaged.
Meet a Surgeon. Making a diagnosis of hernia is purely clinical. Your doctor might refer you to a sonography test for simple detections and a CT scan if they suspect the Hernia to be of a complicated nature.
Surgical treatment is the definitive and best treatment option available till date. No medicine can bridge the gap/weakness in the abdominal wall.
Given the opportunity to repair them in a planned setting, it can be done either by Open Surgery or by Laparoscopy. Be it open or laparoscopy a mesh needs to be used to bridge the gap and give strength to the weak abdominal wall. Meshes come in various dimensions, quality, and cost. The decision to use the best-suited one is only taken after a complete check in the OPD.