Hernia: Understanding, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

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  • A hernia is a condition in which an organ or fatty tissue pushes through a weak point or tear in the muscle or surrounding tissue that holds it in place.

  • There are several types of hernias, including inguinal (inner groin), Umbilical (intestine bulge through the abdominal wall), and Ventral (tissue bulges through an opening in the muscle of your abdomen) etc.,

  • Hernias can cause pain and discomfort, if left untreated, and it can lead to serious complications. It is important for individuals to be aware of the signs and symptoms of hernias, as well as the risk factors and preventative measures. Early detection and treatment can prevent the hernia from becoming larger and more difficult to repair.

Symptoms of Hernia:

  • The most common symptoms of a hernia include:

    • A noticeable bulge in the affected area
    • Pain or discomfort while lifting heavy objects, coughing or sneezing,
    • Burning or aching sensation in the affected area.
    • Constipation
    • Heartburn
    • Dysphagia
    • Shooting Pain
    • Vomiting


  • A hernia can usually be diagnosed through a physical examination, medical history review, and imaging tests such as

    • Abdominal Ultrasound
    • Abdominal CT scan
    • Abdominal MRI Scan
    • X-rays of digestive tract

Treatment Options for Hernia:

  • Hernia treatment options vary depending on the type, location, and severity of the hernia. The most common treatment options include:

  • Watchful waiting: For small hernias that do not cause any symptoms, doctors may recommend watchful waiting to see if the hernia gets better on its own.

  • Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers and muscle relaxants can help relieve the pain and discomfort associated with hernias

  • Surgery: Surgical intervention is imperative for all hernias due to the risk of incarceration and strangulation.

    Hernias can be repaired with either open or Laparoscopic surgery.

Laparoscopic Hernia Repair:

  • The minimally invasive laparoscopic repair is done under general anaesthesia and surgeon makes 2 to 3 small incisions below the navel.

  • Laparoscopic surgery uses a tiny camera and miniaturized surgical equipment to repair the hernia. It only requires a few small incisions and is less damaging to the surrounding tissue.

  • After repair, mesh is placed over the area of defect to strengthen the abdominal wall.

Why Rebuild at MGM?

  • Rebuild at MGM is a comprehensive hernia care program that focuses on rebuilding the abdominal wall musculature and improving the muscle core of the patient.

  • The program is led by a multidisciplinary team that provides pre and postoperative counselling

  • The program includes support group meetings once in three months’ time to educate and uplift patients

  • It aims to identify the underlying cause of the hernia in order to provide accurate treatment.

  • The overall goal of the Rebuild Hernia program is to improve the patient’s well-being and muscle strength through a comprehensive approach.

  • The Rebuild Program at MGM Healthcare is characterised by its use of minimally invasive surgical techniques, short hospital stays, and faster recovery.

Why Choose MGM Healthcare for Hernia Treatment:

  • MGM Healthcare is a leading multi-specialty hospital in Chennai that provides advanced and personalized treatment options for hernias. Our team of experienced surgeons and medical professionals are dedicated to providing the best possible care to our patients.  The department of General, Minimal Access (GI) & Bariatric Surgery is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technology, we are equipped to handle even the most complex hernia cases.

  • Conclusively, Hernia is a painful condition that can impact daily life activities, but with proper treatment and care, it can be managed effectively. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of a hernia, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

  • Don’t wait to seek treatment for your hernia. Contact us at 044-4524 2424 today to schedule a consultation with our team of expert surgeons at the Department of General, Minimal Access (GI) & Bariatric Surgery.

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