Hernia Digestive Surgery Clinic


What are hernias?

Hernias are bulges in the belly where intestines and abdominal fat come out under the skin through a defect. They become more prominent when coughing or standing. The defect may be in a scar from a previous operation or a naturally present gap in the abdomen. Hence, the common sites for hernias are the groin, navel or a previous operation site. A very common scenario is an elderly gentleman having a groin hernia or a middle-aged lady having hernia through a previous operative scar such as following a previous pelvic surgery.

What happens if the hernia is left untreated?

A patient usually ignores an asymptomatic hernia in the hope that it will go away. Unfortunately, this isn’t going to happen. An untreated hernia will increase in size over a period of time, during which it will also become more uncomfortable as well.  It may also get dead if the blood supply gets blocked and can endanger life. Hence, the best option is to get an operation done.

What happens if a hernia arises out of a previous operation?

A special circumstance needing special mention is a patient who has a hernia through a defect arising out of a previous operation (incisional hernia) such as a cesarian section in a female. Imagine someone who has had one operation and being told to undergo another surgery to correct the fault of the first one. The thought of more scars, pain and long hospital stay is traumatic. The female patients are particularly embarrassed to wear saris because the scars show.  To add to it, the fear of recurrence (having a hernia again) is always there. Hence, it is understandable that many patients avoid traditional surgery. Laparoscopic surgery is ideal for these situations.

What is the modern treatment for hernias?

In recent years, laparoscopic repair has replaced traditional surgery in the treatment of hernias. The very concerns of the patients such as scars, wound infection, pain and failure – seen more commonly in traditional hernia surgery – are minimised by this procedure. Since laparoscopic repair of hernias are done by making small holes in the belly instead of making a large incision, it makes the procedure less painful, stitchless and bloodless. It also allows the patient to go back home in few days time and resume normal activities. This is unprecedented in conventional surgery where the patients are hospitalized for many days with usually a tube sticking out of the abdomen.

What is the cost of laparoscopic surgery?

Just like all good things in life, this method of treatment too does not come cheap. A good mesh costs a lot of money. As does the fixation devices. But for patients who love their body and are conscious about their comfort and results, the expense of undergoing a laparoscopic hernia surgery in Kolkata is worth it.*

*Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is based on the results which the existing patients have got after treatment. However, results may vary from case to case.