Umbilical hernia is a condition where a bulge occurs when a part of the tissues in the intestine or abdominal cavity start pushing through a soft/weak part in the abdominal wall near the belly button. This makes the intestine to loop or result in a tear of abdominal tissue.
The weakening of the tissue may occur due to natural weakness, heavy lifting, persistent coughing, straining with bowel movements or urination. This condition can occur both in children and adults.
The symptoms of Umbilical hernia are as follows:
A Laparoscopic Umbilical hernia repair is similar to other laparoscopic procedures and is carried out under the influence of anesthesia.
Where the surgeon makes incisions through which a laparoscope (a laparoscope is a small instrument with a narrow tube which has light source and camera at the end of the tube) is inserted and using the Laparoscope’s video camera the surgeon is able to locate the hernia and through the other incisions that are made the hernia is removed with the help of surgical equipment; to strengthen the abdominal walls the surgeon might place a synthetic mesh and sew the region.
Depending upon the condition of the hernia the doctor might also choose to switch to an open procedure if needed.
The surgery involves small incisions which take very less time to heal and as a result the patient can return back to normal life within no time.
The recovery time for Laparoscopic surgeries is very less and one can return to normal life within days of surgery, but they should avoid heavy lifting. The soreness after the surgery lasts for 48 hours and it can extend up to weeks depending upon the individual.
If the pain in the incisional area persists the doctor will advise bed rest for a week.
One might feel nauseated post-surgery, this might be due to anesthesia administered for the purpose of the surgery.
The doctor might prescribe a small amount of narcotic pain medicine to relieve pain, but there are cases where this is not required.
Post-surgery one might feel pain in their shoulder area but that is because of the air pumped in during the surgery; it will go away within 48 hours.
The patient will be required to visit the doctor 1 to 4 weeks from operation depending upon the condition of the patient.
If you have a prior medical condition and you are taking medicines prescribed by a doctor please make sure you inform the surgeon beforehand.
If you have a habit of smoking you will be advised to stop smoking a few weeks prior to the date of the operation as smoking may result in recurrence of hernia or may cause infections resulting in failure of the procedure. Quitting smoking enhances the chances of success.
If one feels nauseated, develops fever, bleeding occurs through the incisions, inability to urinate etc; under these circumstances it is better to get in touch with the doctor who performed the operation.
With more than 17 years of experience under his belt Dr. Kiran K J will ensure that the surgery is carried out in a smooth manner without any glitch and one can rest assured that the medical team headed by him will not falter and give no room for errors.