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What is a Hernia?

Hernia normally occurs when an organ or internal, fatty tissue pushes through a weak spot in one of the abdominal muscle walls

In many cases people have few hernia symptoms in stomach area or groin area and may notice a swelling or lump. While in some cases people do not experience any hernia pain.

A hernia is not usually a serious condition but it will not go away without hernia treatment also known as a hernia repair.

Laparoscopic Surgery for Hernia (Open Surgery and Keyhole)

Hernia surgery can help strengthen the weak muscle, relieve pain, and return the hernia abdominal organs to their place.

Hernia can be performed by:

  • Open Surgery – In open surgery near about 2.5 to 3 inches of incision is made to your skin near your hernia and then surgeon will push your hernia back into your abdomen.
  • Laparoscopic Surgery (Keyhole) – In keyhole or laparoscopic surgery several small incisions are made to allow your surgeon to use a less invasive technique using various instruments like tiny telescopic camera to repair your hernia.

If you are going through hernia surgery, then your surgeon will advise you most appropriate type of surgery.

What are the types of Hernia?

Most hernias are areas of weakness in the abdominal wall where hernias are commonly found include the groin, upper stomach, belly button.

Types of hernia:

  • Injuinal Hernia– It is a most type of common hernia, mainly occurs in men, which causes a bulge in your groin. Inguinal hernia appears mostly through your inguinal canal
  • Femoral Hernia– Femoral hernia causes bulge in your groin, this type of hernia is uncommon and mostly appear in women. If you have hole in your abdominal wall then femoral hernia appears.
  • Hiatus Hernias – Hiatus hernia appears in upper chest area when part of your stomach pushes up into your chest through a gap in your diaphragm called the hiatus.
  • Umbilical/Periumbilical Hernias – Umbilical hernia mostly appears in children. This hernia occurs at the umbilicus, a natural weakness in your abdominal wall.
  • Incisional Hernias – Incisional hernia may happen through a scar from past abdominal surgery. It may happen because of weakness of the abdominal muscles at the surgical site.

How soon patient can recover after the hernia surgery?

Many patients can return to their regular activities and their work within a week. Normally recovery time required after hernia surgery is near about two to three weeks. Doctor may advice patient to not lift heavy weight for at least six to seven weeks

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