What is a hernia?
A hernia is a visible swelling or bulge over the abdomen, which occurs due to a weakness or tear in the abdominal muscles. Hernias commonly occur at the navel (umbilical hernia), in the groin (inguinal hernia) and over previous surgical scars (incisional hernia), but there are several other types of hernia as well. You may experience pain or discomfort at the site of hernia, but just as often, there may be a painless swelling. If left untreated, a hernia may develop complications like obstruction or strangulation, which require emergency surgery.
What is the recommended treatment?
Most patients who develop a hernia will require surgical treatment. At Dr. Muffi Digestive Health Institute, you will first be examined by an expert surgeon to confirm the diagnosis of a hernia. Post that, a surgical treatment plan will be chalked out that is suitable for your specific type of hernia. In most hernia surgeries today, a mesh is placed over the weakness or defect in the abdominal wall muscle in order to reinforce and strengthen it, and to prevent the internal organs from bulging out.
How long will I need to stay in hospital and how long is the recovery?
On an average, the surgery may take between 30* to 90* minutes. You will then be observed in the recovery room for a couple of hours, before being transferred back to your own room. You may be discharged the same day or the next day. You will be able to walk and move around on the day of the surgery. You will also be able to resume all daily activities within the next few days, including returning to work.
Is there anything else I need to know?
As the colon and rectum needs to be completely empty before surgery, you will be given medication prior to surgery to cleanse the intestines. You may also need to be on a liquid diet for a few days prior to surgery.