Did you know that around 1 million inguinal hernia repair operations are performed annually in the US? Some of them are treated with the conventional “open” method, while others involve laparoscopy. Read on if you have been recommended with a hernia repair to learn all about hernia and its treatment.
A hernia occurs when fatty tissue or an organ pushes through a weak place in the surrounding connective tissue or muscle wall. Hernias don’t get treated on their own. They tend to get bigger and hence need to be treated with surgery on time. If you are recommended with a hernia repair surgery, you must read and learn it all about the procedure.
When do you need hernia surgery?
Your doctor would have recommended if any of these happened:
- Tissue, such as the intestine, becomes trapped in the abdominal wall. This is called incarceration. If left untreated, it may lead to strangulation. That’s when the blood supply to the tissue gets cut off.
- The hernia becomes strangulated. This can cause permanent damage and is a surgical emergency. Strangulated organs, usually your intestines, will die, and if not removed quickly, you can become seriously ill. Call your doctor right away if you have a fever or nausea, sudden pain that gets worse, or a hernia that turns red, purple, or dark.
- The hernia causes pain or discomfort, or if it’s growing larger.
Preparation required for surgical hernia repair:
- Most hernia operations are performed on an outpatient basis, and you would be released to go home on the same day of operation.
- Preoperative preparation includes blood work, medical evaluation, and an EKG depending on your age and medical condition.
- After your surgeon reviews with you the potential risks and benefits of the operation, you will need to provide written consent for surgery.
- A night before the surgery, you are not supposed to eat or drink anything except prescribed medications, just in case.
- Drugs such as aspirin, blood thinners, anti-inflammatory medications and Vitamin E may need to be stopped temporarily for several days to a week prior to surgery. Your surgeon will discuss this with you and provide instructions regarding your medications around the time of surgery.
Hernia repair surgery gone wrong?
It is time to contact your doctor immediately (followed by a legal help), if you develop any of the following post the hernia repair surgery:
- Persistent fever over 101 degrees F (39 C)
- Increasing abdominal or groin swelling
- Pain that is not relieved by your medications
- Persistent nausea or vomiting
- Inability to urinate
- Persistent cough or shortness of breath
- Foul smelling drainage (pus) from any incision
- Redness surrounding any of your incisions that is worsening or getting bigger
- You are unable to eat or drink liquids
In case you face any of these complications, you are recommended to get in touch with professional legal help like HerniaMesh.Today. They are available on http://herniamesh.today or at (855) 631-5987 for consultation.