Frequently Asked Questions
When can I be seen?
Mr. Moorthy endeavours to see patients privately within a day or two of referral.
Do hernias need to be treated urgently?
Not necessarily. The risk of developing complications such as bowel blockage and strangulation depend on the size of the hernia and the ease with which the hernia can be reduced back into the tummy.
Do I need surgery?
A hernia should be operated if it painful. Even if a hernia is not painful is important to appreciate that hernias will not spontaneously disappear and that surgery will be needed at some point in the future.
Should I have an open or laparoscopic operation?
Being an experienced laparoscopic surgeon, Mr. Moorthy recommends laparoscopic surgery as he believes the results are better in the short term with less pain and earlier return to work and normal activities. However, some NHS organisations and some insurers may either not include the laparoscopic approach in their plans or may charge an excess.
Do I need general anaesthesia for hernia surgery?
Mr. Moorthy prefers general anaesthesia as the operations are short and there is no discomfort to the patient during surgery. However, groin hernias can be operated under local anaesthesia. Abdominal hernias usually need general anaesthesia. General anaesthesia is always needed for laparoscopic surgery.
How long do I need off work?
Many people who do desk-based jobs can return to work in 2-3 days if they can travel to work safely using local transportation. Patients should refrain from driving for at least a week after surgery. Time off work maybe longer with open surgery as compared to laparoscopic surgery.
When can I start exercising after hernia surgery?
You can resume light exercises such as walking, light running and swimming around a week after surgery. You can start cycling around 2 weeks after surgery. You should refrain from weight training for at least 6 weeks after surgery. Return to regular activities including exercise maybe longer after open surgery as compared to laparoscopic surgery.