Frequently asked Questions About Hernia
How long do I have to stay in hospital after surgery?
We usually discharge the patients the very next day of surgery whether we conduct the surgery by laparoscopic method or conventional(open) method. However, in very large or complex hernias or if the patient is not feeling comfortable,we an discharge the patient after 48 hours.
Can every hernia be repaired through laparoscopic method?
Every surgical approach for hernia repair has its own benefits,indications and contraindications. It is after thorough evaluation, level of surgical fitness and proper counselling, the best approach is carried out. However, more than 90% of the patients under go laparoscopic repair of hernia by our team.
If I am not experiencing symptoms, do I need surgery?
An early repair of hernia will give you the better results. With time the size of hernia grows and thus makes the surgery a bit difficult. It even increases the chances of recovery and sometimes if the hernia becomes obstructed or strangulated, the option of laparoscopic repair will be lost.
What are the chances of recurrence?
With the advent of technology and introduction of new meshes, the chances of recurrence are quite negligible in experienced hands. A proper selection of the type of procedure, adequate coverage of the defect by mesh and proper, uncompromised fixation of mesh ensures permanent cure of hernia.
Can hernia be cured without surgery?
No hernia can never be itself cured. It always requires surgery. The only exception to this is belly button or umbilical hernia in new born or infants in which the hernia spontaneously closes in next 2-3 years in majority of children.
Do I need to take precautions life long?
No, as already stated the precautions of lifting heavy weights is only for a few days which we will tell you in person depending on the type of procedure or repair done.
What precautions need to be taken after surgery?
Showering: Depending upon the type of repair, patient may be able to shower in a day or two.
Walking: We advise to walk from the next day of surgery. It increases circulation, which speeds healing, but doesn’t strain the abdomen.
Driving: Majority of our patients are advised to start driving in a weeks’ time. However, sometimes we advise to avoid driving for a bit longer time if the hernia was very large.
Lifting: Avoid it for at least the first week. Then start lifting very light objects and gradually begin to lift more with time. Make sure to use knees and back while lifting objects rather straining your abdominal muscles.
Working: Some people return to work within a week. It will depend on the type of surgery you had and the type of work you do. If your work involves a lot of physical activity, you may not be ready to go back for a few weeks. Talk with your doctor about how and when to resume working.
Sports: Majority of the patients will be able to play sports and engage in stern activities after 3-4 weeks. It all depends upon the type of surgery the patient had and each patient is therefore individually counselled regarding the resumption of exercises and playing sports.
Sex: The patient physical comfort is the best guide for restart of sexual activity.
How can hernia be prevented?
A person can do little to prevent hernia especially if the hernia is congenital. To reduce the risk of developing acquired or adult hernia, certain life style and behavior modifications can be done. Some of them are:
- Lose weight If obese.
- Eat high fibre foods with plenty of whole grains and fruits and vegetables to prevent constipation.
- Drink plenty of water. Ask a doctor about using a stool softener.
- Learn how to lift heavy objects or simply do not lift them at all.
- Stop smoking. Smoking can cause coughing, which can make a hernia worse.