Hernias occur when the tissue or an organ protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscle. Although some people choose to live with the hernias, it is usually a good idea to get it surgically repaired.

But then it recurs.

Yes. It is true that hernias have an irritating feature of returning at or near the same location where it was previously repaired. These are medically termed as recurrent hernias.

Dr. Sanjoy Mandal, considered to be the best hernia doctor in Kolkata, repairs recurrent hernias with laparoscopic methods, depending on the patient’s condition. Since he has so many years of experience as a hernia specialist, his expertise lessens the chances of a hernia coming back in the future.

What are the possible causes

You may assume that a hernia has again occured because of the surgeon’s fault, but this is not necessarily true. Hernias have the ability to increase in size and extend beyond the previous repair. If your surgeon used a mesh, it can decrease in size or shift a little.

There are several risk factors that might increase a patient’s odds of their hernia coming back:

  • Having diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight
  • Steroids, chemotherapy, and other medications, which compromise the body’s immunity
  • Lifting heavy objects or other strenuous activities, which puts pressure on the stomach

How are these repaired

Dr. Mandal, a reputed hernia specialist in Kolkata, is an expert with all the treatment methods of hernia repair. He may adopt any of the following treatment approaches for recurrent hernias:

  • Open mesh repair
  • Open hernia repair
  • Laparoscopic or robotic mesh repair

Non-surgical Treatment Approach

In most cases, surgical intervention for repairing a recurrent hernia is needed.

Surgical Treatment Approach

Recurrent hernias are the most challenging hernia type to repair.

Laparoscopic repair – Those who have recurrent hernia are the ideal candidates for laparoscopic surgery. It is because the abdominal muscles are weak, and the integrity of these muscles can be better maintained with laparoscopic surgical techniques than an open hernia repair. Moreover, use of laparoscopic equipment does not affect scar tissue left from any previous surgery.

Open repair – If the condition is complex, your hernia doctor in Kolkata may perform open repair to restore the abdominal wall’s functionality. Open repair allows him to carefully move the abdominal tissues to their initial position, while placing mesh on both the sides of weakened muscle.

Depending on the type of surgical treatment performed and the health condition of the patient, the individual may go home on the same day of the surgery.

Signs your hernia may be back

If you’ve had prior hernia surgery in Kolkata, but you have these symptoms, it may have recurred:

  • An inflammation at or close to the site of hernia that occurred first
  • Pain that can range from a dull ache to severe pain, especially when coughing, sneezing, or lifting heavy objects
  • Bloating or constipation

If you have any of the abovementioned symptoms, call Dr. Sanjoy Mandal to book an appointment.