What is Hernia Surgery?


What is Hernia Surgery?

Hernia, common yet often misunderstood, affect millions of across the world. In this article, we will discuss the intricacies of hernia surgeries and try to shed light on different  types of hernia surgery, symptoms, hernia surgery cost and address the common question, ‘Is hernia surgery dangerous?’ Read on to discover insights from experts, understand the male hernia surgery risks, and gain invaluable knowledge to navigate the journey from diagnosis to recovery. We would also want to empower you to make informed decisions about how the right health insurance can save you from the financial implications of hospitalisation. 

Read on. 

What is Hernia Surgery?

A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through the muscle or tissue in your abdomen or groin. It forms a noticeable bulge, bump or lump that may appear and disappear with different body movements. It might cause discomfort or pain but sometimes, hernia can also be with no symptoms. Hernias may develop gradually with age due to the accumulated wear and tear on your muscles. Sometimes, they cause due to an injury, surgery, or certain birth disorders.

Surgical treatment is often necessary for most hernias, especially in the following cases:

  • Passing pass and stool becomes difficult
  • The patient feels a lot of pain 
  • The hernia bump becomes dark red or changes colour
  • The patient starts to vomit
  • The patient has a fever and nausea

Types of Hernia

When it comes to female or male hernia surgery, the procedure depends on the type of hernia that you have. Let us take a look at some common types of hernia.

Inguinal Hernia 

Inguinal hernia constitutes about 75% of all hernias. It predominantly impacts men. These hernias occur when a section of the bowel pushes through the inguinal canal, a passage along the inner thigh. Inguinal hernia surgery is generally carried out when the hernia causes severe pain or complications.

Femoral Hernia

A femoral hernia is comparatively less prevalent than other groin hernias. It develops in the femoral canal situated beneath the inguinal canal. This condition involves the protrusion of fatty tissue.

Umbilical Hernias

Umbilical hernias occur when body tissues protrude through a weakened area near the belly button (umbilicus), resulting in a visible bulge. This bulge typically becomes more noticeable during coughing or straining, such as during bowel movements. It is estimated that about 10% of hernias are umbilical hernias. Generally, they are not painful, but if the pain or symptoms do not go away, your doctor may suggest umbilical hernia surgery.

Hiatal Hernia

A hiatal hernia arises when the stomach protrudes through a weakened spot in the diaphragm. The diaphragm is a crucial muscle that separates the lungs from the abdominal organs, aiding in breathing. With hiatal hernia, you may have symptoms that include heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Epigastric Hernia

Generally, only 2% to 3% of all abdominal hernias are epigastric hernias. Such a hernia emerges in the epigastric abdominal region, which is above the navel and below the rib cage. These hernias typically result from a separation between the abdominal muscle sides, enabling fat tissue to protrude through. Some individuals are born with this condition, while others may develop it in adulthood due to muscle weakness or excessive straining.

Is Hernia Surgery Dangerous?

Hernia surgery is a surgical procedure, and while it is a safe procedure, sometimes some of the following complications may arise: 

  • Infection
  • Recurrence of hernia
  • Injuries related to the scarred tissue
  • Blockage in the intestines

Generally, after hernia surgery, you may be discharged the same day. However, the doctor will be the best judge of the same, depending on your medical condition. In most cases the hernia surgery recovery time can range from 4 to 6 weeks. Keep in mind that the hernia surgery recovery time is different for different individuals. Proper rest is required so be careful as you get back to your everyday routine. 

After surgery, irrespective of the types of hernia surgery you have had, if you notice the following, do not delay getting in touch with your doctor:

  • If you have a fever or chills
  • If there is bleeding or swelling
  • If  you have difficulty while  passing urine or bowel
  • If the post-surgery pain doesn't decrease even after the prescribed painkillers
  • If you feel short of breath

Hernia and Health Insurance

Contrary to popular belief, hernia can occur in both men and women, though the symptoms can vary from individual to individual. As no one can predict the severity, it is better to plan the expenses of hernia treatment specially hernia surgery cost. According to medical experts, the hernia surgery cost can range from anything between ₹70,000 to ₹85,000. However, depending on the kind of treatment, the expenses can cross ₹1 lakh easily.

The cost of hospitalisation for a hernia surgery procedure can, thus, make a big dent in your savings. Having coverage of health insurance can come to your rescue. While most health insurance plans will offer you coverage for hernia, it is best suggested that you check the same with your health insurance provider. Some plans offer coverage, however, there may be certain plans that cover the hernia surgery cost up to a certain limit or percentage of the sum insured. 

Over to You!

In addition to exploring the impact of hernia surgery on your health, it is also important to understand that in today’s time, having the right health insurance is crucial. Care Supreme Health insurance offers coverage for all types of Hernia after a specific waiting period. 

Get in touch with us today to learn about the benefits, coverage, and waiting period clause under Care Supreme plan and manage  the costs and uncertainties associated with surgical interventions like hernia.  

>> Also Read: What are the diseases not covered under health insurance?

Disclaimers: The above information is for reference purposes only. Kindly consult your general physician for verified medical advice. The health insurance benefits are subject to policy terms and conditions. Refer to your policy documents for more information.

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