Second opinion for inguinal hernia
NOTE: This post is Inguinal Hernia specific. Posts on Incisional, Umbilical and Congenital hernia are also available in separate posts.
What is second opinion for hernia surgery?
Consulting a second doctor for you recent hernia surgery qualifies for second opinion for hernia surgery. Now, you could take second opinion for surgery for various reasons like
- If you have been recommended a surgery for treatment of hernia.
- the first doctor has not answered questions or doubts that aroused post-surgery.
- in case you are experiencing discomfort post the surgery and the surgeon is replying in a default template “that everything will be fine”
- if the surgery hasn’t been effective
- if you have a bulge in the abdomen with no pain and the doctors too are taking it lightly.
- if you are dissatisfied by the surgeon’s treatment plan.
Where can you get Second opinion for hernia surgery?
Surgery Second Opinion (SSO) is an online platform which provides second opinion to patients. SSO has second opinion for various condition in its arsenal. It can provide second opinion for inguinal hernia, incisional hernia, umbilical hernia and congenital hernia.
SSO has a pool of medical experts from various specialization to assist the patients in need of medical assistance.
How to get second opinion?
- Make an account, enter basic personnel details
- Upload your medical reports
- Write down you questions or query
- Doctor’s will study the reports and render you comprehensive second opinion within 24 to 48 hours.
Things to be noted:
- Second opinion is not for emergency cases. Please contact your local nearest hospital in case of emergency.
- You’ll need to upload copy of all your reports attached to the case. It is to assist you better.
- SSO’s medical experts after examining your case will provide the best treatment plan for a nominal monetary consideration for the services extended.
- SSO is just a platform to provide second opinion. You’re not obliged to take future medical assistance from the doctors assigned on your case. Doctors assigned to you could be from any state of India.
- a patient is not satisfied with the opinion rendered by our medical expert, he/she will get to choose ONE more opinion from another doctor FREE OF COST. The decision will be made by the SSO team.
- SSO is unable to provide second opinion with 2 business days from receiving request and payment, the patient will get 100% refund.
Overview of Inguinal hernia
What is Inguinal hernia ?
It is a hernia that occurs near groin area when part of intestine protrudes through weak spot in the inguinal or groin area. Many hernias do not cause any pain. But sometimes the bulge could be painful especially when you cough, bend over or lift a heavy object.
2 Types of Inguinal Hernia
- Hernia caused by a birth defect in the abdominal wall is called indirect inguinal hernia.
- Hernia caused by weakness in abdominal walls over time or due to strains on muscles is known as direct inguinal hernia. Usually observed in male.
Some INTERESTING things about hernia
- Hernia isn’t life threatening
- In most of the cases it do not cause any symptom.
- Hence, many people doesn’t seek treatment because the bulge is very small to bother.
- But, Hernia doesn’t improve on its own. Surgery is recommended in almost all cases.
- If left untreated it could lead to life threatening condition.
In most of the cases the patient live a normal life with a small bulge in their abdomen. This bulge is visible in certain positions or during specific activity. But as the age increases it often transforms into a painful experience. Therefore, seeking medical assistance is essential. You can opt for online medical consultation from doctors at the SSO. You always take second opinion for hernia if the first doctor is not being serious about the symptoms or the bulge.
Who GETS an inguinal hernia?
Hernias in general are more common in males. Very few cases occurs in females. Family history of hernia, smoking or abdominal surgery are some factor that increases the risk of hernia.
Incarcerated inguinal hernia
It occurs when the part of the intestine, which bulges out, gets stuck in the groin or scrotum and couldn’t retract back to its place. Although such complications are rare but are painful.
Strangulated inguinal hernia
If incarcerated hernia is left untreated it outgrows into strangulated one. The blood supply to the intestine gets obstructed “strangulating” the intestine. This is a very serious condition.
Symptoms of Inguinal hernia
- Bulge on one or both side of groin, noticeable when not lying down.
- Pain in the groin area when coughing, exercising, lifting or bending over.
- Burning or aching sensation at the site.
- Swelling of scrotum
Causes and risk factors of inguinal hernia
- Being male
- previously treated inguinal hernia
- Chronic cough
Are some risk factor that could increase your chances of this condition.
Inguinal hernia surgery is also known as hernioplasty.
- OPEN SURGERY
In this the incision is made in the groin. The hernia is pushed
back into the abdomen. A MESH is placed to strengthen the
abdominal wall and stitches are applied.
- This surgery is performed under local or general anesthesia.
- It will give you long incision and recovery time is more comparatively with laparoscopic surgery.
- LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY
This is minimally invasive technique in which a small cut is made in the groin to insert the laparoscope (thing surgical tube with camera
attached at the head).
- Same procedure is applied further in this kind of surgery also.
- Small incision in this case and recovery is faster too. Surgery time is longer though than open surgery.
Here is another video of small intestine being retracted back by the surgeon in case of Inguinal hernia.
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Although it is out of our hands to prevent generic risk factors. But certainly there are some tips that could help in reducing these risks factors like:
- Maintaining healthy weight from early age and maintaining it all along.
- Eating healthy and exercising without heavy lifting.
- Quitting smoking.