Hernia Surgery in Mumbai

Dr. Harsh Sheth is the best doctor for hernia and bariatric surgery in Mumbai. He is an Advanced Laparoscopic & Bariatric Surgeon in Mumbai who has performed many hernia surgeries. He specializes in minimally invasive surgical repair of the hernia.

He comes with more than ten years of experience in performing GI and bariatric surgeries. Dr. Harsh Sheth is associated with many reputed hospitals across Mumbai

  • Saifee Hospital, Charni Road
  • Bhatia Hospital, Tardeo
  • ACI Cumballa Hill Hospital, Cumballa Hill
  • Apollo Spectra Hospital, Tardeo
  • Wockhardt Hospital, Mumbai Central, and
  • Conwest& Manjula S Badani Jain Charitable Hospital, Girgaon

What is a Hernia?

A hernia is a localized bulge in the abdomen or groin resulting froma tear or weakness in the muscles or tendons in the abdominal wall.

Technically speaking it is a condition in which part of an organ is displaced and protrudes through the wall of the cavity containing it (often involving the intestine at a weak point in the abdominal wall).

They are easily visible and can increase in size over time.

Symptoms of Hernia :

There are no major symptoms as such for hernia. But the patient can complain of -

  • A prominent bulge over the abdomen
  • Change in bowel habit
  • Pain and increase in the size of the bulge on coughing or stooping
  • Constipation

Causes of Hernia :

Weakness or tears in the abdominal wall cause the internal organs to protrude out. Certain activities or medical conditions that put additional stress or pressure on the abdominal wall are – exerting pressure to pass motions (constipation), persistent coughing, straining to urinate, overweight, smoking, physical exertion, previous surgeries and so on.

Location wise hernia

Incisional Hernia : This Hernia occurs at the site of a recently performed abdominal surgery.

Epigastric Hernia : This Hernia occurs in the area between the navel and the lower section of the sternum.

Umbilical hernia : This Hernia occurs at the navel, wherein the intestines push outwards at the level of the navel.

Spigelian Hernia : This Hernia occurs below the navel as the intestine pushes itself through the side of the abdominal wall.

Diaphragmatic Hernia : This Hernia occurs in the diaphragm as the abdominal organs move into the chest through the diaphragm.

Inguinal Hernia : This Hernia occurs mostly in men. The hernia is visible at the groin at the top of the inner thigh. The hernia is made up of fatty tissue or a small section of the intestine.

Femoral Hernia : This Hernia protrudes into the groin at peak at the tip of the inner thigh. It is found in older women than in men.

Lumbar hernia : This Hernia occurs over the lower or upper back due to a weakness in the muscles.

Treatment of Hernia :

Surgery is the only way to treat hernia. The surgery depends upon the type of hernia and its location. In general, the defect in the musculature is closed with a suture and reinforced with a mesh. This mesh gives support and strength to the wall.

The current advancements in hernia surgery include laparoscopic and minimal invasive surgeries along with open conventional surgeries. Both laparoscopic and minimal invasive surgeries promise speedy recovery and lesser risk of complications. There is minimal blood loss, and the patient is required to stay for a few days in the hospital.

Dr. Harsh Sheth, a leading Hernia specialist in Mumbai, believes in precision medicine and doesn’t believe in the ‘one choice fits all’ rule. He will guide the patient through the process and ensure that the choice of procedure is personalized as per the patient’s condition and requirements.

Advice – It is advisable to go ahead for timely elective repair of the hernia, even if there is no physical discomfort or complaints related to hernia to prevent hernia related complication such as obstruction and strangulation from developing in future.

However, in the event of the hernia increasing in size and/or causing discomfort, hernia repair surgery becomes very necessary. The surgeon will recommend emergency Hernia repair in the event of obstruction/strangulation.

The tissue of the bulging organ gets trapped in the abdominal wall. As time passes by, blood supple to the tissue is blocked off, which causes permanent damage to it.

The patient needs to pay attention if the hernia doesn’t go back in, is extremely painful, is associated with vomiting, constipation, obstipation, or shows skin changes over the swelling. These symptoms imply obstruction/strangulation, which need to be resolved without further delay.

FAQs for hernia surgery :

1Is surgery is the only alternative to repair a hernia?
Yes, it is the only way to repair the hernia. This is because the surgeon provides the necessary support and strength to that weakened area of the abdominal wall through the surgery.
2Does wearing a supportive garment repair hernia?
The alternatives include wearing binders or corsets or trusses if patients cannot opt for early surgery. These function of these garments is to provide support to the hernia. They can ease pain or discomfort to a certain extent while applying gentle pressure to the hernia. However, they cannot cause the hernia to disappear.
3When can the patient resume sports and games after a hernia surgery?
After the surgery, the patient can begin walking on the same day in the evening or in the morning on the following day. It takes nearly six to eight weeks for the patient to resume sports activities, including performance and contact sports. But the patients must avoid lifting heavy objects for at least 3-6 months.
4How long does the hernia repair surgery last?
The hernia repair surgery may last for 1.5-4 hours depending on the complexity of the surgery. The duration of the surgery also depends upon the size and location of the hernia and the medical condition of the patient.
5What precautions have to be taken after the surgery?
After the surgery, the patient has to wear the belt over the abdomen for at least three to six months and not lift heavy objects weighing more than 5 kgs. There are high chances of the hernia recurring in patients with weakened abdominal wall or a history of multiple abdominal surgeries.