To know what to expect, it is very important to know what is laparoscopic hernia surgery? Laparoscopic hernia surgery is a kind of surgery performed in the abdomen or pelvis region using small incisions. To perform laparoscopic surgery, doctors give general anesthesia to the patients so that they are unconscious and the surgery can be performed with effectiveness and desired results can be achieved.
Through this surgery, a surgeon can evaluate and monitor the severity of hernia, as the tool with which surgeon perform the surgery in-built with a camera. And with the presence of this camera, the surgeon inserts a tool through a small cut called laparoscope.
Now to know the expectancy during the surgery, it is important to know that the surgery has many benefits as compared to traditional surgery such as the following.
- There are smaller scars as the incisions are small
- The person doesn’t have any larger cuts and can be discharged from the hospital within a few days
- There is less pain than in traditional surgery
- Quick recovery
- No internal scarring
Recovery time after Laparoscopic Hernia
Patients who opt for open surgery have long hospital stay (4 to 8 weeks) but in the laparoscopic hernia surgery, the patient is discharged within 24-36 hours of the surgery. The complete recovery is within 2 weeks. But yes, it is advisable to wait for 4-6 weeks to perform any kind of strenuous activity, as it may affect your abdomen and pelvic region.
The possibility that hernia might come back after laparoscopic surgery is very less. The surgery has several advantages over open hernia repair. It is possible to check for and repair a second hernia on the opposite side at the time during the operation. Above all, for cosmetic reasons laparoscopic turns to be more appealing because of it’s smaller incisions.
Is Laparoscopic Surgery for every Hernia Patient?
A person may expect during laparoscopic surgery that he will suffer less or negligible pain and quickly return to the normal routine. The surgery has many benefits to the person who suffers from inguinal hernia that will cause pain and other symptoms that are incarcerated or strangulated.
But it is important to understand that laparoscopic surgery may not be appropriate for the person who can not bear general anesthesia or who has been suffering from heavy bleeding disorders. Also, the surgery is not recommended to the patients who are on medication for blood clots.
Laparoscopic surgery repair may not be appropriate for people who have an incarnated hernia. It is a life threatening condition where doctors may recommend open surgery. Laparoscopic surgery may or may not treat the condition.
And the person who has had many abdominal surgeries are also diagnosed before laparoscopic surgery, as it becomes difficult to perform the surgery in such a condition.
Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery for a Pregnant Woman
Pregnant women are advised not to perform the surgery as it may affect the life of the child along with the life of the mother. As the 9 months are very crucial and advise before careful during this month.
What to Eat After Hernia Sugery?
- Start with liquid diet initially – Immediately after the laparoscopic surgery, clear liquid diet will help you stay hydrated.
- A lot of patients complain about constipation, so fiber-rich diet improves bowel movements.
- Protein will help repair the tissues damaged during surgery. Increasing protein-rich food will improve immune health and reduce inflammation.
- Avoid foods such as processed food, cheese, aerated drinks, spicy and junk food as they are likely to result in constipation.
The patient might expect many things as whether he/she will be fine after surgery. Laparoscopic surgery is performed by expert surgeons with great precision.
When the person is allowed to go its home? When can he/she resume it’s routine of daily life? Is there any risk involved in this surgery? What will be the effects of this surgery or what will be the do’s and don’ts after the surgery? These are the questions expected from the patient.
Every person expects to resume work as soon as possible. Every person wishes to get the operation performed with systematic and desired result so that the person can go home as soon as possible. Usually, the healthcare providers mention the after-effects of laparoscopic hernia repair such as fever, sweating, tiredness, feel pain during strenuous activities, redness, but it is all temporary.
Contact your surgeon if you experience any pain or discomfort. Sometimes even nervousness and anxiety during the surgery may lead to adverse effect on the result of the surgery. That’s the reason before surgery, a surgeon keeps asks the patient to keep calm which is beneficial for both you and the doctor.
“Follow post-surgery instructions and you are good to go!“