The excessive accumulation of body weight leads to a metabolism disorder that is known as obesity. Obesity makes the individual quite unhealthy in many aspects. Apart from making people feel low self-esteemed, obesity makes them susceptible to numerous illnesses as well. These include sleep apnea, diabetes, osteoarthritis and many more. Today, let’s discuss one such complication, hernia, its correlation with obesity and how it can be fixed with laparoscopic bariatric surgery.
What is a Hernia?
Let’s first start with a brief introduction about the hernia. A hernia is a medical condition in which some of the internal organs push through the outer membrane. This happens due to many risks factors such a previous abdominal injury, operation, pregnancy, vigorous exercise, obesity, and many others. A hernia is not a life-threatening medical condition, but it is best to address it on time as untreated hernia can eventually lead to severe complications.
How Obesity Leads to Hernia?
Obesity can lead to hernia in more than one way. Let’s understand them one by one.
Correlation between Unresolved Obesity and Hernia
Obesity leads to fat distribution in the body. The abdomen is a very prominent place to store quite a lot of fat and this fat deposit exerts pressure. If obesity is left untreated for long, the body keeps on bearing the tremendous pressure and as a result, makes the individual highly likely to have a hernia in the future.
Correlation between Resolved Obesity and Hernia
Even if the individual determines to lose weight through exercise or diet or other treatment approaches, the pressure built over the period of time leads makes the abdominal layer quite weak. As a result, even previous history of obesity can act as a risk factor for hernia in the future.
How Bariatric Surgery can lead to Hernia?
Though it might sound contradicting, obesity surgery is performed on the abdomen in order to make temporary or permanent changes in the digestive system. Irrespective of the type, it is considered as a serious operation in the abdominal. Though it is quite effective, obesity surgery performed through the traditional approach involves making a large incision on the abdomen. As a result, it acts as a weak spot for a hernia to onset in the later stages of life.
How it can be resolved for good?
Avoiding gaining body weight beyond a healthy limit is the best way to avoid most of the complications associated with obesity. However, it does very little help to the people who are already overweight or obese. For them, the best way to mitigate the possibility of hernia is by going for laparoscopic obesity surgery.
Laparoscopic obesity surgery is performed by the main few minute incision on the abdomen. This overcomes almost all the drawbacks associated with open surgery, like bleeding, infection, large stitch, and many others. However, it is particularly helpful to mitigate or minimizes the risk of hernia significantly.
At ILS Bariatric Care, our expert bariatric surgeons, offer laparoscopic obesity surgery for the people struggling with obesity.