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 the 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 the food pipe resulting in reflux esophagitis.
Even if the hernia is repaired, excess weight can increases the recurrence of hernias.
Weight loss will prevent the development of these hernias. But individuals having severe obesity can’t achieve long-lasting weight loss with lifestyle modifications alone.
In people who suffer from severe or morbid obesity, bariatric surgery leads to long-term weight loss. These hernias are prevented by bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgeries can be performed in combination with hernia repair in the same sitting. Bariatric surgery is also prevents recurrence of hernias once they are repaired.