What is a hernia repair?
Hernia repair is a surgery that involves returning the displaced internal organs back to their proper position.
A hernia is a weakness or opening in the abdominal wall, which often results in soft tissue such as fat or intestine protruding through the abdominal muscles and occupying space under the skin.
A hernia occurs when an internal body part pushes into an area where it doesn’t belong.
Hernias can affect anyone, regardless of age, sex, or physical conditioning. They can be congenital (present at birth) or can develop as a result of aging, injuries, or strain from heavy lifting or coughing.
Hernia Repairs in Mombasa, Kenya
Hernias can be extremely painful, diminish an individual’s quality of life, and will not go away on their own.
However, there are treatment options available for hernia repairs. Through advances in modern surgical techniques, our top-rated general surgeon at KLASS can now perform hernia repairs using minimally invasive procedures.
Our high level of care is designed to ensure you have the best treatment experience possible. In addition to that, with the use of minimally invasive techniques, our surgeon will help you return to your normal activities with less downtime as opposed to the rather traditional methods.
What are the symptoms associated with hernias?
Symptoms vary with the type of hernia and its underlying cause.
The symptoms can manifest suddenly or be present for a length of time. Hernias can often exist as painless bulges.
Hernia bulges are more prominent standing than when in the prone position and can gradually increase with time.
Burning sensation and pressure, especially when muscles in the affected area are strained, these are also some of the common symptoms.
Constant pain is also a symptom of hernia. other symptoms of hernias include bowel obstruction, nausea, and vomiting may occur.
What are the causes of hernias?
Generally, hernias aren’t rooted in a single cause. Many times, the exact cause of hernia cannot be pinpointed. Some people may get a hernia genetically.
The risk of hernias is higher if the patient is female and risks increase with age. Other factors that can lead to the development of hernias include:
- Previous incisions from surgery.
- Congenital weakness of the abdominal wall.
- Lifting heavy weights.
- Chronic constipation, cough, and lung condition.
- Fluid in the abdominal cavity.
- Finally, abrupt twists pull, or strains.
What are the different types of hernias?
Femoral hernia – This occurs in the passage between the abdomen and the thigh. Sometimes it becomes large enough to allow the intestine to enter and bulge from the upper thigh region just under the groin. More common in women than men.
Inguinal hernia – It is characterized by the protrusion of the contents of the abdominal cavity into the inguinal canal. These are five times more common in men than in women.
Ventral hernias – can be a birth defect or may develop over time as a result of stress, pregnancy, or previous abdominal procedures.
Epigastric hernia – These are small hernias, often too small to be detected. They are found between the navel and the breastbone and involve a little bit of fat protruding from weak abdominal muscles.
Umbilical hernia – These are common in newborn babies. It occurs in the abdominal wall under the navel. Even if the weak portion of the abdominal wall closes during infancy, there is a chance that the hernia might recur at a later age.
Obturator hernia – This is a rare type of abdominal hernia found mostly in women. It obstructs bowel movement and can cause nausea and vomiting. This hernia is difficult to diagnose because there are no external signs.
Paraesophageal hernia – This type of hernia where the junction of the stomach and the esophagus remains in place, but part of the stomach is squeezed up into the chest beside the esophagus.
Diagnosis & Treatment for Hernias
Hernias are most often diagnosed during a routine physical exam. Accurate diagnosis may require other tests such as blood tests, urinalysis, abdominal ultrasound, and CT scans.
Hernias do not get better on their own, and they will not go away without surgical intervention. Hernia repair surgeries are performed by implanting a mesh screen in the weakened area on the abdominal wall to strengthen the tissue and protect against future protrusions.
In babies, umbilical hernias may heal themselves within four years, making surgery unnecessary. For all others, the standard treatment is conventional hernia-repair surgery.
Enlarging or painful hernias usually require surgery to relieve discomfort and prevent serious complications.
Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery
Restoring health quickly & efficiently
Laparoscopic hernia surgery is often indicated for the repair of a recurrent hernia or in cases where there is a possibility of a second hernia developing on the opposite side.
Like other laparoscopic procedures at KLASS, laparoscopic surgical hernia repair is performed through small incisions near the belly button.
This typically leads to better patient outcomes as opposed to traditional open surgery. This is because blood loss and discomfort are minimized, as well as trauma to surrounding tissue. Post-operative pain is reduced and there is less chance of the hernia recurring.
What are the possible complications after hernia surgery?
Possible complications after hernia surgery include urine retention and infection.
After the surgery, it is suggested that you maintain a routine that incorporates walks and light stretching exercises.
Eat fiber-rich foods, vegetables, and stay hydrated. Basically, this helps you so that you do not have to strain when moving bowels.
Avoid smoking as it can lead to persistent cough which can worsen a hernia.
Our top general surgeon in Mombasa at Kenya Laparoscopic Surgery Services (KLASS) performs laparoscopic hernia repairs. This helps reduces the general risks associated with open surgery and therefore gives you a faster recovery time.
Your Laparoscopy Procedure With Dr. Yusuf Palkhi
Advanced care that alleviates pain
Dr. Yusuf Palkhi was one of the first surgeons in Mombasa to introduce minimally invasive surgical procedures in Mombasa town to help individuals who were in need of laparoscopic general surgical procedures.
He is committed to improving the lifestyles of individuals residing in Mombasa to help them take back control of their lives without the need to travel far for such procedures.
Together with his expert surgical team in Mombasa, Kenya they provide the highest level of holistic surgical care to individuals, ensuring that they meet their individual health needs.
He is keen on ensuring that majority of people have access to expert, world-class care and expertise that is both affordable and accommodating to their needs and life goals.
Dr. Yusuf Palkhi, a laparoscopic surgeon in Mombasa, Kenya specializes in helping individuals who ail from the appendix, gallbladder, reflux, hernia repairs, colon, pancreas, spleen, and emergency abdominal surgeries.
He is also very passionate about helping individuals regain control of their lives through bariatric weight loss procedures.
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