Reasons not to delay hernia surgery

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For several people, the first thought upon receiving the diagnosis of hernia is – ‘Will I need surgery now?’ A hernia is a highly common problem in India. Surprisingly, it has a higher prevalence than popular conditions such as cardiac diseases. Most often, hernia treatment requires surgical intervention but, because hernia is not always harmful, some people decide against it. In this article, Dr. Mayank Madan gives us reasons not to delay hernia surgery. You can visit the CK Birla Hospital for hernia surgery in Gurgaon

Hernia is a condition in which body organs or muscle tissues protrude through weak muscles holding them together. It can appear anywhere between the chest and the groin. In most cases, a surgery is the only solution to getting rid of hernia. However, hernia symptoms are not bothersome to everyone. 

Additionally, there is an unwarranted fear regarding surgical procedures in our society. The lack of awareness about hernia and its possible complications, along with the general anxiety associated with a surgery can make people delay their treatments. 

Even though your symptoms are not as aggressive, it is not recommendable to delay surgery for hernia, based entirely on your preference. Only your healthcare provider can help you make an informed decision. 

Medical experts assess your general health, severity of your symptoms and underlying health conditions to decide the right time of surgery. However, they recommend against postponing your hernia surgery without concrete reasons. Visit the CK Birla Hospital for hernia surgery in Gurgaon. 

Why should you not delay your hernia surgery?

Your hernia may not be affecting you presently. However, it can aggravate overtime and cause several troubling symptoms. Here are some common complications of postponing surgery for hernia:

Incarcerated hernia: As time moves on, your hernia can progress and grow in size. An incarcerated hernia is the most common complication of untreated hernia. In this situation, the hernia grows and gets trapped outside the abdominal wall. This excessive protrusion can further cause abdominal pain and other problems.

Strangulation: Untreated hernia can result in emergency health conditions such as strangulation of hernia. Incarcerated hernia can get trapped outside the abdominal wall. This blockage can affect the blood supply to hernia and restrict bowel movement. Such cases often require immediate clinical intervention. 

Increase in the number of hernias: If not treated at the right time, the original hernia can keep growing in size. This growth can further add to the muscle weakness of the abdominal wall. As a result of further weakening of muscles, more organs or muscle tissues can protrude from their places. This pushing through of other organs can make various small hernias appear in the abdominal area. 

Aggravated symptoms: There is a highly likely chance that your symptoms can worsen overtime causing persistent nausea, vomiting, high fever, difficult bowel movement, chest pain, pain during urination, constipation and more. It is important to carefully monitor the effects of your symptoms. If your symptoms are causing difficulty in your everyday routine, you should consider taking surgery for hernia at the earliest. If you wait for your symptoms to aggravate, you will not only have to undergo more pain but also require surgical intervention more urgently. 

Effects on your overall health: Your general wellbeing is likely to get affected as you grow old. With old age, the physical structure of your body will also change. You can also expect to experience more underlying health concerns, for instance, hypertension, diabetes, joint problems and more. All of these factors can affect your chances of benefiting from hernia surgery. The risk of complications associated with surgery increases with age. Only your general surgery can help and determine when is the right age for you to receive surgery for hernia. 

Visit the CK Birla Hospital for hernia surgery in Gurgaon or call at +911244882200 to book an appointment with the best hernia surgeon in Gurgaon

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