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expand iconHow much does hernia operation cost?

The cost of hernia repair is variable in nature. The actual cost of the surgery borne by the patient varies depending on their indvidualistic needs. The final cost the patent has to pay depends on factors such as type of hernia cured, severity of hernia, type of technology used, skills of the surgery and type of the hospital.

expand iconWhat is the average cost of hernia surgery without insurance?
expand iconWhat diet a patient should follow after hernia surgery?

Surgeons recommend patients to follow a liquid diet for the initial days of the recovery of hernia repair. A liquid diet mainly entails thick soups, broth, fresh juices and water. After a couple of days, the patient can gradually shift to consuming soft foods without spices such as dalia, khichdi, dal, mashed potatoes, etc.

expand iconWhat to eat after hernia surgery?
expand iconWhat is the difference between open and laparoscopic hernia surgery?

During the open hernia repair, the doctor makes a large incision using a knife and then pushes the tissues back to its original position. The chances of infection and complications are high with this procedure. Also, higher chances of bloodloss is associated with this procedure. Whereas, the doctor relies on a laparoscope (specialized tool with a camera mounted on the top) during the laparoscopic hernia repair to make smaller incisions. With this procedure, the risk of any major complications is reduced to almost zero. Moreover, due to smaller incisions, there is lesser chances of bloodloss and eventually, the patient is able to recover fast too.

expand iconWhat exercises are allowed after hernia operation?

Once the recovery starts, patients should not indulge in any core exercises that can put pressure on the wounds. However, surgeons prescribe to go for light walks after couple of hours of resting regularly to promote blood circulation throughout the body. After six weeks into the recovery, the patient can resume with cardio exercises such as jogging, brisk walking, etc.

expand iconHow to workout after hernia surgery?
expand iconIs hernia surgery covered under medical insurance?

Yes. Hernia surgery is one of the medical procedures that are covered by most medical insurance plans in India. The health insurance plan can provide partial or whole coverage for the procedure and even provide additional benefits such as discounted rate on diagnostic test, ambulance charges, etc.

expand iconCan a hernia be treated without medication?

No. Hernia is a medical condition that cannot be treated with only medicines. Wearing a hernia belt may prevent the problem from getting worse. However, this doesn’t offer permanent solution. The only effective treatment option that can cure a hernia is a surgery in which the surgeons puts back the displaced organ back to its original position and strengthens it with a 3D mesh.

expand iconIs hernia surgery painful?

Hernia surgery is a minimal pain procedure to undergo. The reason being that the entire surgical procedure is performed under the influence of anesthesia. Surgeons administer anesthesia prior to the procedure which numbs the area and the patient is unable to feel any pain or discomfort. Post-procedure, there can be some mild pain or swelling around the wounds which can last for a couple of days.

expand iconHow to prepare for hernia surgery?

Preparation is an important part of any treatment. Surgeons ask patients to prepare in the following ways- ||Complete all the diagnostic tests including blood and urine tests, stop smoking and consuming alcohol at least a week before the surgery, avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements that can increase the risk of bleeding.

expand iconWhat happens during hernia surgery?

The primary objective of a hernia repair is to put the displaced tissue back to its place. The procedure starts with the administration of anesthesia-local or general. Once the patient is sedated, the doctor makes small incisions near the affected area. With the help of a laparoscope, a long slender-like instrument, the displaced organ or tissue is then put back to its original place and then a 3D mesh is place around the weakened area to strengthen it. Then, the incisions are closed with surgical glue or sutures.

expand iconHow to sleep after hernia surgery?

After the hernia surgery, the patient needs to make sure that no extreme pressure is put around the treated area. Therefore, in the initial days of the recovery, the patient needs to sleep by propping a couple of extra pillows under the head so that they sleep in a 45 degree angle. After a couple of days, the patient can start sleeping on their sideways. However, sleeping on the stomach should be absolutely avoided.

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expand iconHow long does the pain stay after hernia surgery?
expand iconWhen can I walk after hernia surgery?
expand iconHow much weight a patient can lift after hernia surgery?
expand iconWhen can I travel by flight after hernia surgery?
expand iconAfter how many days of hernia surgery can I have intercourse?
expand iconHow long should I rest after hernia surgery?
expand iconWhen can I drink alcohol after hernia surgery?
expand iconHow long should I take off from work for hernia surgery?
expand iconWhen to remove dressing after hernia surgery?
expand iconCan a hernia mesh be removed?

Yes. Although rare, the condition is not unheard of. In case the patient feels discomfort or pain due to the mesh, a second surgical procedure is recommended to remove the mesh.

expand iconCan hernia surgery cause erectile dysfunction?
expand iconCan a hernia come back after the surgery?
expand iconCan excessive coughing damage hernia repair?
expand iconCan hernia surgery cause varicocele?
expand iconCan mesh from hernia repair cause problems?
expand iconWhat are the complications that can occur with laparoscopic hernia operation?
expand iconCan I feel the mesh after hernia surgery?
expand iconIs hernia surgery serious?

Yes. Similar to any other surgical procedure, hernia surgery is considered a major surgery. Therefore, patient must follow every precautions recommended by the surgeon before and after the procedure to reduce the risk of any complications.

expand iconWhat are the side effects that can occur after laparoscopic hernia surgery?

Some of the side effects that are associated with laparoscopic hernia surgery include seroma, urinary retention, testicular pain, mesh infection, wound infection, pain in the testicles, injury to other neighboring organs, bleeding, severe pain, constipation, pain in the shoulder, etc. These are some common complications associated with hernia surgery and can be cured with proper post-operative instructions.

expand iconWhat is the success rate of laparoscopic hernia surgery?

The success rate of laparoscopic hernia surgery is comparatively higher than most of the other treatment options available such as open hernia repair. According to a research study, with the laparoscopic technique, the rate of recurrence of hernia is reduced to almost 11% that too due to failure of the patient to follow proper post-operative tips.

expand iconWhich surgeons perform hernia surgery?

General surgeons are experienced as well as specially trained to cure abdominal problems such as hernia, gallstones, etc. The surgeons have to undergo an intensive training for five years and learn in depth about the human anatomy before practicing.