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Laparoscopic, G.I. & colorectal surgery, Navi Mumbai, India

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hernia surgery faq

Hernia Surgery FAQ

Found noticeable protrusion in the groin area, or in the abdomen?
Feeling pain while lifting?
A dull aching sensation?
A vague feeling of fullness?

Educate yourself about hernias, hernia symptoms, hernia surgery.

Frequently asked questions about hernia

1Q. I am a 25 yr old sportsman. I noticed a lump in my groin 3 days ago. My family physician diagnosed it as hernia & advised surgical opinion want to know what a Hernia is?

A. Hernia is a protrusion of contents of the abdomen through a weakness or tear in its muscles forming a lump underneath the skin. Mostly it is seen in groin but it may be present on abdominal wall above, at or below umbilicus & at the site of surgical scars.

2Q. I have a Hernia near my naval but it is painless, soft & disappears on lying down, very rarely it swells turgid or pains. Do I still have to go for surgery?

A. Most of the Hernias, irrespective of the site, are painless to start with. The main symptom is a bulge which comes on straining and disappears on lying down. As the treatment of hernia is surgical it is better to undergo surgery when it is uncomplicated. The possible complications include obstruction or strangulation which may be life threatening.

3Q. Is surgery a must for a Hernia and what are the options which I can choose from?

A. Depending on the type & location of Hernia, your surgeon will decide the type of repair. On a broader spectrum we can understand that Hernias can be repaired by open surgical method or by Minimal access surgery (keyhole surgery). Modern surgical practices use reinforcement in the form of polypropolene meshes. In our hospital we prefer, to perform minimal or laproscopic surgery for all our patients if they are fit to tolerate general anaesthesia.

4Q. How long it will take to recover after Hernia surgery?

A. Depending on the type of repair, the period varies from3-5 days. In laproscopic surgery, it is much faster and in open cases it may take little longer.

5Q. When can I return to work after surgery?

A. If you have a desk job, 3-5 days is the time frame we are looking at. But if your job demands heavy physical activity like lifting weight and all – you are away from work for 4 to 6 weeks.

6Q. I have a Hernia surgery planned next week. Can I drive back home after discharge?

A. We usually advise our patients to abstain from driving for 48hrs till the effect of anaesthesia subsides & their movements become comfortable.

7Q. Can my Hernia be repaired using single incision laparoscopy?

A. Depending on the size of Hernia and fitness of the patient SILS can be offered. We prefer SILS using Single port multiple incision technique.

8Q. I delivered my 2nd baby an year ago and noticed a lump by the side of previous surgery scar. Doctor suggested repair using a mesh. I am scared to have a foreign body inside what to do?

A. It is now a common practice to use meshes which are made of synthetic materials like polypropelene or polyester to reinforce the Hernia repair. Person who is having Hernia has a inherent defect in cementing substance called collagen, mesh provides a lattice for body fibres to grow in between & render a stronger repair. As the meshes are biologically inert, they are harmless if left in body for good.

9Q. My father was operated for Hernia long back. Do I need to undergo checkup to rule out the same? Is hernia hereditary?

A. You may have more chances of developing Hernia than normal population but it is not hereditary. Factors which are causing intra-abdominal strains like pregnancy, obesity, coughing, urinary obstructions may all lead to Hernia if there is a weakness in the wall. Some Hernias may be present from birth & are called Congenital Hernias.

10Q. My mother is 55yrs old & she has been operated for Ventral Hernia twice but it has recurred. She has a 12cm defect in the midline. What kind of repair will solve her problem?

A. Old age, obesity and hereditary predisposition causes Hernias to recur. In your case latest surgical technique of Component Separation should do the trick. In this type of repair, we mobilize the muscles of the abdominal wall in such a way that we can achieve closure in the midline using normal muscles & sheath and reinforce the same by use of meshes. This technique is a boon for people having large defects, recurrent Hernias & is gaining popularity worldwide.

11Q. I have noticed that my belly button becomes prominent on standing & coughing. I have read on internet & it looks like Hernia. What tests should I do to confirm my diagnosis?

A. Mostly Hernias are diagnosed on clinical examination & do not require any sophisticated investigations to confirm the diagnosis. We may get some help by doing tests like sonography, CT scan and MRI of the abdomen. Though they are mandatory in complicated, obstructed and recurrent cases, they are not usually required in uncomplicated cases like yours.

Advised By –

Dr Nitish Jhawar

Laparoscopic GI and colorectal surgeon

Vashi, navi Mumbai


What patient says about Dr. Nitish Jhawar

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    I was diagnosed with gall stones a year ago in Delhi, I showed it to a doctor at M.... hospital, he .... asked me to get a surgery done and get my gall removed on any date of my choice, I was sacred and too young to get it done I got a vibe from doctor that for him it’s just a small things, however according to for a patient it’s important first be convinced on the urgency to get it done and feel safe . A year later I shifted to Mumbai and started having a frequent pain in shoulder blades and gall area. It went sharp this time. We went to Dr Nitish , as oppose to Delhi doc, Dr Nitish was very polite, first asked us to get the scan done and understand the current scenario, the scan showed one big 17 mm stone which was earlier also there but this time also there were multiple various sized stones as well along with the big one. Dr Nitish examined the scan, explained me and my husband about the condition and need of surgery or else the stone Would have slipped in the panacea or bile calling for a bigger operation. He explained diagramatically . He was patient in explaining, gave us time to think and be convinced. We were ready and then he performed it . It was flawless, quick and went well. He is a very experienced and fine surgeon , he is caring and doesn’t create panic at all rather he takes it slowly and makes patient comfortable. It was lapro, it’s been 2 months I m writing this . I faced no issues till now. Fortis staff was also very caring and good. I would mention fortis Vashi in specific. Good follow up diet makes it normal. I would strongly recommend Dr Nitish. He knows his job perfectly. He is not money minded at all. He would recommend surgery only if it’s required.

  • I had surgery of my left hydrocele on 27th May 2017 by Dr Nitish Jhawar. An excellent experience of service I got particularly from Dr Jhawar. He is not only a qualified experienced doctor but also a splendid human being. Thanks a lot.

  • It was a Laparoscopic operation for the removal of Gall Bladder (stones). I had developed on and off pain in abdomen before the operation, after the operation feeling good, totally pain free. Thanks and respect for handling my case very well.

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    I met doctor Nitish for piles problem and wanted to undergo LASER procedure only, my operation is successful and I thank doctor for being a good human being and great surgeon.

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    I was suffering from piles since long time. For bleeding heavily I met Dr Nitish Jhawar and after meeting him decided to go for Stapler surgery for piles. I found him a doctor who listens to our problem and explains properly.

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    I got diagnosed about a year back but was avoiding operation for Hernia repair, Dr Nitish Jhawar explained me why surgery should be done and I chose surgery by laparoscopy method. I am happy with the doctor and the hospital.

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    I visited for Gall Bladder removal by Laparoscopy after searching for best laparoscopic surgeon. After meeting dr my fear for surgery was vanished and my surgery went well and recovery was smooth.

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    Very good he describe everything in very pleasant manner about the problem which was very helpful to me to understand my disease.

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    He is very erudite and smart at getting to the bottleneck of the problem. And before realized he had pinched away d growth bothering me near my anal area.

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    Dr. Jhawar is few of the best doctors in town. Extremely pleasant and comfortable experience