Laparoscopic Repair of Ventral Hernia is performed to repair ventral hernia, a bulge through an opening in the muscle on the abdomen. This condition is caused if the person has undergone a Laparoscopic surgery in the past or it can occur due to weak muscles, primarily the abdominal muscles.
Laparoscopic ventral hernia is like any other Laparoscopic surgery which involves a Laparoscope which is inserted through incisions made in the abdominal region.
Men and women are both susceptible to hernia and this might also show up among previously operated hernia patients. Sometimes it’s also Congenital in nature.
Some of the symptoms are:
The surgeon makes 3 to 4 incisions through which air (carbon dioxide) is pumped so that it becomes easier for the surgeon to locate the hernia.
Then 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.
After this the incisions are sealed using surgical glue or staples. 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.
There are various avenues of treatment available and depending on the medical history of the patient the surgeon may recommend what’s needed.
If surgery is not suitable for the patient the doctor may recommend a ‘Truss’; a ‘truss’ is a belt that holds the hernia allowing the patient to continue with his daily chores.
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.
Follow up checkup is held 7 to 10 days post discharge.
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.
The surgery is performed under the supervision of Dr. Kiran KJ who has more than a decade of experience under his belt, so the chances of any complications arising post-surgery is minimal to none. The patients can trust the doctor who does his job with at most proficiency.