When any treatment calls for surgery, suddenly the mind fills with a jumble of questions. It’s natural to have a lot of doubts because the decision of undergoing any surgery is certainly a big deal. Hernia is common and not a life-threatening medical condition. But it requires surgical intervention to avoid complications. Following is the compilation of some major questions asked by our patients about hernia surgery. They cover surgical procedures to diet and recovery time. We hope to solve your doubts.
1. What is hernia surgery?
The doctor prescribes for a hernia surgery when the size of the hernia starts growing and causing pain. The condition is repaired by pushing the protruding tissue back to its place and sewing the area. Depending upon the diagnosis, the doctor will prescribe for an open or a laparoscopic hernia surgery.
2. What is the difference between open hernia surgery and laparoscopic hernia surgery?
Laparoscopic hernia repair is a minimally invasive surgery with less pain, less blood loss, and quicker recovery. It involves the use of laparoscope which makes tiny holes in the abdomen and repairs the defect. Open surgery, on the other hand, involves a single large incision through the abdominal muscle which calls for longer recovery time and increases the risk of blood loss, pain, and infection. In terms of cost, laparoscopic surgery is costlier than open surgery.
3. Is hernia surgery painful?
Hernia surgery is done under general or local anaesthesia based on the type of procedure done. However, since the area is anesthetised in both the cases the patient doesn’t feel the pain. After surgery, pain is treated with the help of painkillers.
4. My surgeon suggested hernia repair without the use of surgical mesh. How beneficial will it be?
The repair method used to treat a hernia is decided based on the patient’s symptoms and the specific diagnosis. Mesh may provide necessary reinforcement when no mesh repair methods are not able to, either due to the size or the complexity of the hernia.
5. Can I workout after hernia surgery?
It is important that you avoid strenuous exercises, lifting heavy weights, and sexual intercourse till your doctor gives you a go-ahead. Take enough rest and sleep but try not to remain sedentary for a longer period during the day. Take short walks of about 5-10 minutes during the day or as told by your doctor. Your surgeon can also suggest you wear an abdominal binder while walking after the surgery.
6. What to eat after hernia surgery?
You need to stay on a liquid or soft diet as suggested by your surgeon. In addition, your doctor might advise you take stool softeners to prevent any pressure while passing the stool. Avoid fatty and junk food after the surgery which can cause stomach discomfort. Include high fibre fruits and vegetables in your diet and drink plenty of water.
7. What is the recovery time for hernia surgery?
The recovery time for hernia repair depends on the type of hernia treatment. The average recovery time for hernia is 2-3 weeks while strenuous activities should be avoided for 1-2 months after the procedure.
8. How to sleep after umbilical hernia surgery?
It is recommended to sleep in an elevated position by keeping one or more pillows behind your back. This allows you to get up easily without putting too much pressure on the wound. Also, be mindful while getting up and out of the bed and vice versa. Take assistance whenever necessary.
We hope that we have answered at least some of your doubts about hernia surgery. If you are diagnosed with hernia, you can talk to Medfin’s expert surgeons to get all your questions answered. Medfin offers the latest treatments for hernia repair. Our team will handle your surgical journey right from the diagnosis to post-surgery care along with your insurance claim and paperwork.
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