Hernias is a gap or space in the strong tissue that holds muscles in place. A hernia is caused when the inside layers of the abdominal muscle have weakened in the form of a bulge or tear. The hernia can cause severe pain or other potentially serious problems that could require emergency surgery. Anyone can develop a hernia over time, or in some cases, people are born with a hernia (congenital). Evidently, hernia tends to get bigger or may result in life-threatening complications.
An inguinal hernia isn’t necessarily dangerous but needs proper treatment as it does not get better over time. There are no simple methods, home-made remedies or any therapy that can make a hernia go away. However, if you are suffering from a hernia, that doesn’t mean you need treatment right away. It depends on the size and symptoms. Generally, the doctor recommends surgery to fix an inguinal hernia that’s painful or enlarging.
How can you identify Inguinal Hernia / Diagnosis
It is usually easy to recognize. You may notice a bulge under the skin (in the groin area) or feel pain when you lift heavy objects, cough, strain during urination or bowel movements, or during prolonged standing or sitting. The pain can be sharp or a dull ache that gets worse toward the end of the day. More symptoms of a strangulated hernia include nausea, vomiting or both, Fever, Sudden pain that quickly intensifies or Inability to move your bowels or pass gas. Furthermore, there are others sign of this, a bulge used to come and go, but now is stuck out. These symptoms are cause for concern and you should contact your physician or surgeon.
In case, the diagnosis isn’t readily apparent, your doctor might order an imaging test, such as an abdominal ultrasound, CT scan or MRI. If the hernia is small and isn’t big trouble for you, your doctor might recommend you to be cautious, quit smoking, coffee & alcohol or wearing a supportive truss to relieve symptoms but check with your doctor first because it’s important that the truss fits properly.
What is Laparoscopic Surgery / Treatment Procedure
Laparoscopic surgery is a specialized technique. In this, the abdomen is inflated with a harmless gas (CO2) to provide a working and viewing space for the surgeon. Afterward, they make several small (0.5-1 cm) incisions or a port. They insert a tubular instrument known as Trochar then pass a specialized instrument & a special camera known as a Laparoscope through Trochars. The Laparoscope formulates images from the abdominal cavity on high-resolution video monitors in the operating room. The surgeon watches detailed images on the monitor generated by Laparoscope. This enables the surgeon to perform the same operations as traditional surgery but with smaller incisions.
Advantages of Laparoscopic Surgery!
Against traditional open surgery, patients often experience less pain, a shorter recovery, and less scarring with Laparoscopic surgery. Inflated abdomen gives the surgeon a better look of organs. The surgeon uses images from the Laparoscope as a guide to repairing the hernia with mesh. Laparoscopy allows the surgeon to avoid scar tissue from an earlier hernia repair, so it is an excellent choice for people whose hernias recur after open hernia surgery.
Risk and Complications!
Laparoscopic Surgery is normally very safe. But a surgical procedure of having your hernia removed comes with a number of possible complications such as:
An infected wound, Blood clots, Pain in the operated area, Nerve damage or Recurrence.