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Hernia - What Is The Ayurveda Way Of Treating It?

Dr. Sunil Arya 89% (58 ratings)
MD - Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Gurgaon
Hernia - What Is The Ayurveda Way Of Treating It?

Hernia or what in Ayurveda is known as Antra Vriddhi, is a condition that takes place when an internal organ in your abdomen gets displaced and protrudes outward, giving rise to swelling in the abdominal region. 
Even though you can develop a hernia anywhere in your body, it mostly occurs in the abdominal region and can affect both men and women at any age.

The causes of hernia are
Even though hernia can be a hereditary condition, certain factors can contribute in causing it. These are:

  1. Persistent coughing
  2. Putting excess pressure while passing faeces
  3. Straining your abdominal muscles by exercising or lifting objects that are heavy
  4. Obesity
  5. Buildup of fluid in your abdominal cavity

Symptoms: 
Some of the symptoms that indicate you have hernia include a visible, hard protrusion, development of soft lumps and pain. However, some people may not experience any symptoms at all. Hernia can be of many types, depending on the part of the body affected and even varying on the basis of your gender. In worst cases, you may require surgery but Ayurveda can cure your hernia completely without the need of you going through a surgical process.

How does Ayurveda help?
Ayurveda helps in curing your hernia by focussing on your diet. If you follow these rules, you can cure yourself of hernia completely.

  1. Reduce the amount of food you eat in a day and take small meals frequently instead of the standard three meals.
  2. While eating, make sure you eat your food slowly.
  3. Drink lots of water and other fluids, but do not consume aerated drinks
  4. It is advised not to take water with your meals, but only to drink a glass of water an hour after and half an hour before each meal. By doing this, you reduce your chances of getting heartburn and aid in the proper functioning of the digestive system.
  5. Eating any form of raw food, such as uncooked meat and vegetables is strictly forbidden along with processed foods such as bread, cakes, cookies etc. However, when eating cooked food, make sure it's lightly cooked and not overcooked.
  6. Having a glass of juice freshly squeezed from vegetables or fruits is recommended, especially carrot juice as it is enriched with calcium and vitamin A that help in the healing process.
  7. Make sure that whole grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits are a part of your diet.
  8. Lastly, go for a walk after each meal and do not sleep after eating, especially if you've had a heavy meal.

Dr, I'm 18 Years old boy, I have severe heart burn and stomach ache years ago. When I take antacids the symptoms gets vanished but I didn't get a complete cure. Thus I consult a gastroenterologist thus he advice me to do Occult blood test and it found to be positive hence he said to me to go for an Endoscopy and colonoscopy. After all I get the result that I have congenital Sliding Hiatal Hernia with grade A esophagitis. Dr. I want to know Congenital Sliding Hiatal Hernia is dangerous or not?

Dr. Ojas Potdar 91% (460 ratings)
DNB GENERAL SURGERY, MBBS, National Board Of Examination
General Surgeon, Mumbai
Hello there please go through this It's my article on sliding hiatal hernia for patient education What is a hiatal hernia? — A hiatal hernia is what doctors call it when a part of the stomach moves up into the chest area. Normally, the stomach sits below the diaphragm, the layer of muscle that separates the organs in the chest from the organs in the belly. The esophagus, the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach, passes through a hole in the diaphragm. In people with a hiatal hernia, the stomach pushes up through that hole, too. There are 2 types of hiatal hernia:●Sliding hernia – A sliding hernia happens when the top of the stomach and the lower part of the esophagus squeeze up into the space above the diaphragm. This is the most common type of hiatal hernia. ●Paraesophageal hernia – A paraesophageal hernia happens when the top of the stomach squeezes up into the space above the diaphragm. This is not very common, but it can be serious if the stomach folds up on itself. It can also cause bleeding from the stomach or trouble breathing. What are the symptoms of a hiatal hernia? — Hiatal hernias do not usually cause symptoms. In some cases, though, hiatal hernias cause stomach acid to leak into the esophagus. This is called acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux, and it can cause symptoms, including: ●Burning in the chest, known as heartburn ●Burning in the throat or an acid taste in the throat ●Stomach or chest pain ●Trouble swallowing ●A raspy voice or a sore throat ●Unexplained cough Is there a test for hiatal hernia? — Yes, but doctors do not usually test for hiatal hernia. Instead, most people learn they have a hiatal hernia when they are having tests to find the cause of symptoms, or for other reasons. For instance, some people find out they have a hiatal hernia when they have an X-ray. Others find out when their doctor puts a tube with a tiny camera down their throat (called an endoscopy) How are hiatal hernias treated? — People who have symptoms caused by a hiatal hernia can get treated for their symptoms. Treatment for symptoms involves taking the medicines that are used for acid reflux (). People with a paraesophageal hernia, and some people with a sliding hernia, need surgery. For this surgery, the surgeon pulls the stomach back down and repairs the hole in the diaphragm so the stomach does not slide up again. FOR FURTHER QUERIES PLEASE BOOK AUDIO CONSULT THANK YOU TAKE CARE.
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I have hiatus hernia as shown by endoscopy n I am on ppi since from last eight years. Doctors always prescribe PPI n some told to take PPI for life long as I suffered from GERD.

Dr. Anjanjyoti Sarma 87% (387 ratings)
MCh(Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery), MS - Surgical, MBBS
General Surgeon, Guwahati
Requirement if being with PPI for life long does not seem to be a great idea to me. You have already taken that for 8 years. So considering your age, I think you should better go for corrective surgical procedure. Because, it will guard you from developing complicated diseases after hiatus hernia. Nissan Fundoplication is the gold standard.
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Hello doctor I am 58 female had an umbilical hernia which was stitched up -traditional repair without mesh last year when I had lap surgery for perforated appendix Now the hernia has returned The doctor informed me that I have heart and lung problems due to general anesthesia Can I therefore live with my umbilical hernia ?the usg says umbilical hernia measuring 2.4 And contains omental fat Thank you for your time.

Dr. Ojas Potdar 91% (460 ratings)
DNB GENERAL SURGERY, MBBS, National Board Of Examination
General Surgeon, Mumbai
Hello ma'am since the size of the defect is more than 2 cm. You should get a surgery done! this time repair with a mesh. We can discuss all of this in detail and solve all of your worries over audio consult. It would be better to have such an interaction Take care.
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Homeopathic Treatmment For Hernia!

Dr. Swarup Kumar Ghosh 89% (82 ratings)
MD - Bio-Chemistry, MF Homeo (London), DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery), BHMS
Homeopath, Kolkata

A hiatal hernia occurs when part of your stomach pushes upward through your diaphragm. Your diaphragm normally has a small opening (hiatus) through which your food tube (esophagus) passes on its way to connect to your stomach. The stomach can push up through this opening and cause a hiatal hernia.

In most cases, a small hiatal hernia doesn't cause problems, and you may never know you have a hiatal hernia unless your doctor discovers it when checking for another condition.

But a large hiatal hernia can allow food and acid to back up into your esophagus, leading to heartburn. Self-care measures or medications can usually relieve these symptoms, although a very large hiatal hernia sometimes requires surgery.

Causes - a hiatal hernia occurs when weakened muscle tissue allows your stomach to bulge up through your diaphragm. It's not always clear why this happens, but pressure on your stomach and age-related changes in your diaphragm may contribute to the formation of a hiatal hernia.

How a hiatal hernia forms?

Your diaphragm is a large, dome-shaped muscle that separates your chest cavity from your abdomen. Normally, your esophagus passes into your stomach through an opening in the diaphragm called the hiatus.

Hiatal hernias occur when the muscle tissue surrounding this opening becomes weak, and the upper part of your stomach bulges up through the diaphragm into your chest cavity.

Possible causes of hiatal hernia

Hiatal hernia could be caused by:

  •  injury to the area
  •  being born with an unusually large hiatus
  •  persistent and intense pressure on the surrounding muscles, such as when coughing, vomiting or straining during a bowel movement, or while lifting heavy objects


Symptoms - most small hiatal hernias cause no signs or symptoms. However, larger hiatal hernias can cause signs and symptoms such as:

  • heartburn
  • belching
  • difficulty swallowing
  • chest or abdominal pain
  • feeling especially full after meals
  • vomiting blood or passing black stools, which may indicate gastrointestinal bleeding



Risk factors - hiatal hernia is most common in people who are:

  • age 50 or older
  • obese

Homoeopathic medicines
Homoeopathy today is a rapidly growing system and is being practiced all over the world. Its strength lies in its evident effectiveness as it takes a holistic approach towards the sick individual through promotion of inner balance at mental, emotional, spiritual and physical levels. When hiatus hernia is concerned there are many effective medicines are available in homoeopathy, but the selection depends upon the individuality of the patient, considering the mental and physical symptoms.

Calcarea carbonicum 200 - Calcarea carb is an excellent remedy for hiatus hernia, and it helps for strengthening the relaxed weak muscles. Calcarea carb is suitable for fat, flabby obese persons who perspire profusely. Heartburn and loud belching. Frequent sour belching, sour vomiting of curdled milk. Cramps in stomach, worse pressure, cold water. Swelling over pit of stomach like a saucer turned bottom up. Pain in epigastric region to touch. Aggravation while eating. There is a special craving for indigestible things like chalk, coal, pencils etc.

Robinia 3x - Robinia is one of the effective medicines for hiatus hernia with heartburn and acidity of stomach. S our stomach. Great acidity of stomach at night on lying down. Nausea with sour belching. Profuse vomiting of an intensely sour fluid. Heavy, aching, dullness in stomach. Very severe, sharp pains in stomach all day and night. Great distension of stomach and bowels


Phosphorus 200 - Phosphorus is another remedy for hiatus hernia with sour taste and sour eructations after every meal. Belching large quantities of wind after eating. Throws up foods by the mouthfuls. Water is thrown up as soon as it gets warm in the stomach. Pain in stomach, relieved by cold foods, ices etc.

Natrum phos 30 - Natrum phos is prescribed where heartburn and sour belching are present. Belchings after eating. Spits mouthfuls of food. Vomiting of sour cheesy masses, especially in the morning. Heaviness and pressure in the epigastrium.

Carbo vegetabilis 3x - Carbo vegetabilis is excellent for hiatus hernia with difficulty in breathing. A contractive pains extending to chest with distension of abdomen. Waterbrash, asthmatic breathing from flatulence. Belching after eating and drinking, temporary relief from belching. Eating the simplest kind of food causes sour belching. Belching, heaviness, fullness and sleepiness, tense fro flatulence with pain, worse lying down. Epigastric region is very sensitive.

Abies nigra 30 - Abies nigra is effective for hiatus hernia with a sensation as if a hard boiled egg had lodged in the cardiac end of the stomach. A distressing and constriction just above the pit of the stomach, as if everything were knotted up. Pain in stomach immediately after eating. Waterbrash with choked feeling in the throat.

Nux vomica 30 - Nux vomica is best for hiatus hernia with great sensitivity in the area of stomach. Complaints after taking highly spicy food, coffee and alcoholic drinks. Waterbrash, sour and bitter risings, nausea and vomiting. Indigestion with hiatis hernia. The patient is highly irritable and sensitive to noise and light.

Lycopodium clavatum 200 - Lycopodium is indicated for hiatus hernia with great weakness of digestion with much bloating, heartburn and indigestion after takin flatulent food, cabbage, beans, oysters and onions. Belchings rise only to pharynx. Patient prefers hot food and hot drinks. Craving for sweets.

Pulsatilla nigricans 30 - Pulsatilla is effective for hiatus hernia where the complaints arise after taking fatty, rich foods. Stomach disordered and feels heavy. Waterbrash with foul taste in the morning.

Heartburn and tight feeling in stomach
 

Hernia - Must Know Facts

Dr. Abhilash Chokshi 88% (10 ratings)
MBBS, FIAGES, MS - General Surgery
General Surgeon, Ahmedabad
Hernia - Must Know Facts

When an organ residing in a cavity such as the abdomen tries to push through the muscular layer it resides, it is called as hernia.

Though said to be genetic, hernias can be caused by things such as improper heavy lifting, incorrect posture, or chronic constipation and as a result of surgical complication or injury. Factors like obesity, pregnancy, smoking and chronic lung disease aggravate the severity of the hernia. It is believed that about 27% of all males and 3% of females can have a hernia during their lifetime.

Types of hernias:

Inguinal hernia - The groin is the most common area, where the abdomen pushes through a weak spot in the lower abdominal wall, causing a protrusion into the inguinal canal. More common in men than women.

Hiatal hernia - The abdomen has the diaphragm separating it from the thoracic cavity in the upper border. When it pushes through the diaphragm, a hernia is caused and there is almost always associated food reflux in these cases. Though the most common cause is associated old age, due to muscle weakness, there also are cases of congenital hiatal hernias.

Umbilical hernia - The abdomen finds a weak layer along its length and protrudes through the skin on the stomach. Most commonly seen in babies around the bellybutton, it gradually corrects itself on its own. Quiet rare in adults, seen during pregnancy and in chronic obese people.

Incisional - These are post-surgical, and happen when the organ protrudes through the weakened wall due to surgery. The abdomen is again the most common area and the hernia can happen either onto the external surface or internally, when they are called ventral hernias.

These are the most frequent types, though hernia affects other organs like the spine, brain, appendix, etc.

Treatment - This includes a combination of constant monitoring followed by a decision to do surgical treatment. Hiatal hernias and umbilical hernias can be monitored for a while before deciding on surgery. Inguinal hernias may require surgery earlier in the stage. Post-surgery, a mesh is placed to hold back the tissue in its corrected place. The umbilical hernia in children could be self-limiting. If it does not get auto-corrected in the first year of life, that also would qualify for a surgical treatment.

Dependent on each patient, hernias need to be managed under medical supervision.

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Hernia - Know Types Of It!

Maven Medical Center 89% (58 ratings)
General Surgeon, Hyderabad
Hernia -  Know Types Of It!

When an organ residing in a cavity such as the abdomen tries to push through the muscular layer it resides, it is called as hernia.
Though said to be genetic, hernias can be caused by things such as improper heavy lifting, incorrect posture, or chronic constipation and as a result of surgical complication or injury. Factors like obesity, pregnancy, smoking, chronic lung disease aggravate the severity of the hernia. It is believed that about 27% of all males and 3% of females can have a hernia during their lifetime.

Types of hernias:
 

Inguinal hernia - The groin is the most common area, where the abdomen pushes through a weak spot in the lower abdominal wall, causing a protrusion into the inguinal canal. More common in men than women.

Hiatal hernia - The abdomen has the diaphragm separating it from the thoracic cavity in the upper border. When it pushes through the diaphragm, a hernia is caused and there is almost always associated food reflux in these cases. Though the most common cause is associated old age, due to muscle weakness, there also are cases of congenital hiatal hernias.

Umbilical hernia - The abdomen finds a weak layer along its length and protrudes through the skin on the stomach. Most commonly seen in babies around the bellybutton, it gradually corrects itself on its own. Quiet rare in adults, seen during pregnancy and in chronic obese people.

Incisional - These are post-surgical, and happen when the organ protrudes through the weakened wall due to surgery. The abdomen is again the most common area and the hernia can happen either onto the external surface or internally, when they are called ventral hernias.
These are the most frequent types, though hernia affects other organs like the spine, brain, appendix, etc.

Treatment

 This includes a combination of constant monitoring followed by a decision to do surgical treatment. Hiatal hernias and umbilical hernias can be monitored for a while before deciding on surgery. Inguinal hernias may require surgery earlier in the stage. Post-surgery, a mesh is placed to hold back the tissue in its corrected place. The umbilical hernia in children could be self-limiting. If it does not get auto-corrected in the first year of life, that also would qualify for a surgical treatment.
Dependent on each patient, hernias need to be managed under medical supervision.

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I am diagnosed with hiatus Hernia with gerd and a linear ulcer in lower Esophagus<5 mm. Taking Cap ganaton total and sucrafil o gel. Feel throat irritation or pricking and have dry cough on and off. How long will it take to heal? Is it curable with medication?

Dr. Sajeev Kumar 89% (28275 ratings)
C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
The hiatus geerni a will not cure with medication and it needs surgical repair and ulcer mya heal in 6 weeks if drugs are taken and spicy foods, alcohol and drinks are avoided
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I am suffer in from over weight and obese recently I had an hernia operation after that I put on my weight I want to reduce my weight.

Dt. Kavita Agarwal 94% (1274 ratings)
M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition, Diploma in Food & Nutrition & Diabetic Educator , B.Sc. - Home Science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
I am suffer in from over weight and obese recently I had an hernia operation after that I put on my weight I want to ...
Do exercise daily. Take hot water whole day. Don't skip your Breakfast and meals. Have small and frequent meals. Take high protein diet and high fiber foods. For further details for what to eat, when to eat, exercise and complete Customized Diet Plan as per your need, you can consult me personally for better result.
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An Overview Of Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery!

Dr. Nimisha S Kantharia 85% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MS - General Surgery, DNB, FNB - Minimal Access Surgery, MRCS, FIAGES, FMAS.Laparoscopy, FALS Bariatric Surgery
Bariatrician, Mumbai
An Overview Of Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery!

A hernia is a defect in the abdominal wall due to a weakness of its muscle layers.The inner most layer of the abdominal wall, called peritoneum, forms a sac and pushes through the weakened area. This results in the internal organs such as omentum (fat) or intestines, slipping into the sac, causing a swelling, pain and other problems. Hernias can occur in both men and women. Apart from natural areas of weakness of the abdomen, such as the umbilicus (navel/belly-button), a hernia may get triggered by lifting of heavy weights, constant coughing, weight gain, due to straining during irregular bowel movement and weakness at site of previous surgical scars.

Many hernias originate near the groin (inguinal and femoral hernias). Other common locations for a hernia are near the navel/belly-button (umbilical hernias), in the upper abdomen (epigastric hernia) and at the scars due to previous surgery (incisional hernia).

What are the symptoms?

Some of the common symptoms of a hernia include:

  • Swelling which increases in size on standing and during activity, but decreases after lying down
  • Bulge near the groin area
  • Dull ache near the groin area
  • Sharp pain while lifting weight
  • Painful swelling
  • Severe pain associated with nausea, vomiting, constipation, fever, redness around the swelling may signal an emergency

How is a laparoscopic hernia performed?

This procedure is performed under general anaesthesia and so the patient doesn’t feel a thing while the surgery is being performed. It is essential for a doctor to do a routine medical check-up that evaluates the general health of the patient, past medical history, EKG, blood work etc.

This mode of surgery uses a telescope-like instrument known as the laparoscope. With the help of a small incision, the laparoscope is inserted into the abdomen. A video camera is connected to the instrument to get a detailed inside view of a hernia and the area that needs to be repaired. Two or three additional tiny cuts of around 5 mm are made so that thin instruments can be inserted to perform the surgery. A mesh is placed inside the abdomen to fix the defects of the abdominal wall and strengthen the weakened tissue of the abdomen. Once the procedure is done, the incisions that are made in the abdomen is closed with the help of surgical tapes, or absorbable sutures.

Benefits of Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery

The benefits of laparoscopic surgery are quite evident.

1. Few tiny incisions are made rather than making a large incision in the abdominal area.

2. The pain is significantly less compared to the conventional surgery.

3. Speedy recovery – the patient can walk around within a few hours after surgery

4. Shorter hospital stay

5. Early return to work, within few days after surgery

6. Better cosmetic results What to expect after the surgery

The patient can move around and even walk a few hours after surgery. Very often liquids are started on the same day, and patient can consume a normal diet the next day itself. Doctors often suggest a few days of rest at home after the surgery. The healing time can vary from person to person. A surgeon typically prescribes antibiotics and pain medications to cope up with the wound and pain. It must be ensured that these medicines are taken on time. A revisit to the surgeon might be required after a about ten days to assess the recovery.

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