Your doctor will likely diagnose an inguinal or incisional hernia by performing a physical examination. Your doctor may feel for a bulge in your abdomen or groin that gets larger when you stand, cough, or strain.
If you have a hiatal hernia, it may be diagnosed with an endoscopy. These tests allow your doctor to see the location of your stomach inside your body. An endoscopy involves threading a small camera attached to a tube down your throat and into your esophagus and stomach.
Based on the size of the hernia and the severity of your symptoms, we fix the treatment option. The symptoms of a hiatal hernia can often be treated by simply changing the diet. Avoiding large or heavy meals, not lying down or bending over after a meal, and keeping the body weight in a healthy range. If these changes in diet do not eliminate discomfort, it is needed to undergo surgery to correct the hernia.
If the hernia is growing larger or causing pain, it’s best to operate. Among surgical options, there are 2 types of procedures available – open & laparoscopic. Laparoscopic techniques involve minimal pain, blood loss and scar and the patient will have to be hospitalized for a very minimal period of time and can get back to his/her routine much earlier.
Dr. P.S. Rajan, Chairman of ELCE is equipped with over 20 years of experience in laparoscopy and endoscopy. He is a pioneer in day-care laparoscopic procedures. He has done hundreds of live demonstrations of laparoscopic hernia repairs in national and international Conferences and has been a faculty for various Laparoscopic Training Courses across the country.
Open surgery requires a longer recovery process. You may be unable to move around normally for up to six weeks. Laparoscopic surgery has a much shorter recovery time.