WILL OBESITY INCREASE THE RISK OF HERNIA??
How bariatric surgery helps??
Bariatric surgery prevents occurance and recurrence of hernias in individuals with severe obesity
Obesity increases risk of various types of hernias like umbilical hernia, inguinal hernia, epigastric hernia and hiatal hernia. Umbilical and inguinal hernias can lead to intestinal obstruction or strangulation necessitating emergency surgeries. Hiatal hernia can lead to acid reflux into food pipe resulting in reflux esophagitis.
Even if the hernia is repaired, excess weight increases recurrence of hernias.
Weight loss can prevent development of these hernias. But individuals with severe obesity can’t achieve long lasting weight loss with lifestyle modifications alone.
Bariatric surgery results in long lasting weight loss in the individuals suffering from severe or morbid obesity. Bariatric surgeries prevent development of these hernias. Bariatric surgeries can be performed in combination with hernia repair in the same sitting. Bariatric surgereis also prevent recurrence of hernias once they are repaired.