Renowned Surgeon Dr. Ankit Mishra debunks misconceptions surrounding hernia treatment, emphasizing the importance of surgery for effective management
Hernias, one of the oldest known diseases, continue to be shrouded in myths and misconceptions. Dr. Ankit Mishra, a respected AWR and Laparoscopic Surgeon at Livlife Hospital & Omni Hospital in Hyderabad, aims to dispel these fallacies by highlighting the necessity of surgery in hernia treatment. Contrary to popular belief, lifestyle changes or products like hernia drops, tea, potions, or creams are ineffective in curing hernias.
Dr. Mishra explains that a hernia occurs when organs push through a weakened spot in the abdominal muscles, resulting in a visible bulge beneath the skin. Factors such as surgery, physical exertion, obesity, or pregnancy can contribute to muscle weakening and hernia formation. Notably, men are more commonly affected, with nearly 90% of inguinal hernia cases diagnosed in men.
While hernias may cause varying degrees of pain and discomfort, it is crucial to recognize that they can progress to life-threatening situations if left untreated. Dr. Mishra emphasizes that surgery is the only effective treatment for hernias. The hole in the abdominal cavity cannot heal on its own and requires closure through surgical intervention. Additionally, the abdominal wall needs strengthening using a mesh implant.
Mesh, a well-researched synthetic or semi-synthetic biological material, serves as a central component in hernia surgery. Its primary function is to support the weakened tissues of the abdominal wall and prevent hernia recurrence. Over the past five decades, mesh implants have become the gold standard for hernia surgery, ensuring optimal repair and improved outcomes.
Mesh implant plays a vital role in hernia surgery, ensuring optimal repair and reducing the risk of recurrence
Dr. Mishra emphasizes, “Mesh is the center-pillar of good hernia surgery, and any compromise on the quality may jeopardize the entire repair. We aim to restore the integrity of the most dynamic system of the human body, the abdomen, to provide the best possible functional outcome for the patients.”
Hernia surgeries can be performed using various techniques, including open surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and robotic laparoscopic surgery. With advancements in technology, modern/advanced laparoscopic surgery, or keyhole surgery, is the preferred approach among most surgeons. This minimally invasive technique offers advantages such as quicker recovery, reduced infection risk, and less post-operative pain. Robotic surgery, known for its precision, is also gaining popularity, although concerns regarding its cost remain unresolved.
While surgery is the primary treatment for hernias, post-surgery care is essential. Patients may receive specific dietary instructions, be advised to avoid physical strain, and instructed on incision site care. However, it is important to note that tissue weakness, prolonged healing, and risk factors such as obesity and smoking can still pose challenges even after surgery, increasing the potential for hernia recurrence.
In conclusion, Dr. Ankit Mishra’s expert insights debunk the myths surrounding hernia treatment, emphasizing the indispensable role of surgery in effectively managing this condition. By dispelling misconceptions, individuals can make informed decisions about their health and seek appropriate medical intervention when necessary.