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Hernia occurs when an internal organ or tissue of the body moves into another body area. When an organ or fatty tissue moves in a surrounding muscle or connective tissue through a weak spot, its then when the hernia occurs.

The most common types of hernia are inguinal (inner groin), incisional (resulting from an incision), femoral (outer groin), umbilical (belly button), and hiatal (upper stomach).

Hiatus is the opening in the diaphragm-the muscular wall that splits the chest cavity from the abdomen. Hiatal hernia occurs when the stomach protrudes in to the chest through the hiatal opening.

Hiatal Hernias are of two types:

  1. Sliding Hiatus Hernia: It is the most common type of hernia which is characterised by the sliding of stomach along with the small part of oesophagus into the chest through hiatus.
  2. Paraesophageal Hernia: It is uncommon but serious form of hernia in which the section of the stomach press through the hiatus protruding it adjacent to the oesophagus. It is serious as it can make the stomach strangled and stops the blood supply to the stomach.

Signs and Symptoms of Hernia

The symptoms of hernia are mostly uncommon. In some cases, hernias have no symptoms. The most common symptoms are as under: -

  • Congenital - Large hiatal opening.
  • Increased and intense pressure on the abdomen and adjacent muscles while coughing, straining while bowels, pregnancy, obesity, or while lifting heavy objects.
  • Bulge or lump in the affected area.
  • Weakness, pressure, or a feeling of heaviness in the abdomen.
  • A burning, gurgling, or aching sensation at the site of the bulge, an acid reflux, when acid of the stomach moves backward into the oesophagus causing a burning sensation.
  • Chest pain.
  • Difficulty swallowing.

Treatment Options

  • Drug therapy:
    It is taken mostly to relieve the associated heartburn and acid reflux.
  • Surgical Procedure:
    Mostly the surgery is not required but in cases like paraesophageal hernia surgery is the need of the hour. This can be done using one of the following procedures:
    • Thoracotomy
    • Laparotomy
    • Laparoscopic

Hiatal hernia surgery is mostly operated laparoscopically which is minimally invasive technique.


The surgery is done under general anaesthesia in which several incisions of around 5-10 mm are made on the abdomen. A small camera/laparoscope is inserted in the abdomen through these incisions which makes the inside vision of the abdomen clearer. Surgical tools are also inserted through these holes. The surgery is performed with the guided images of the hernia on the monitor. As the incisions are small there is less pain, lesser risk of infection and less scarring with rapid recovery. The surgeon either pulls your stomach down to the original place that makes the hiatus smaller, reconstruct the weak sphincter of oesophagus or remove the hernia sac completely.

Are you a Candidate?

If you are diagnosed with hiatal hernia with severe chest and abdomen pain, have difficulty in bowels and unable to pass gas, or if you have a strangled hernia which has led to obstruction in blood flow then you are an ideal candidate for the surgery.


  • No smoking.
  • Proper check-up when you’re sick to avoid developing a persistent cough.
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight.
  • Avoiding straining during bowel movements or urination.
  • Lifting objects with your knees and not your back.
  • Avoiding lifting weights that are too heavy for you.

Expected Results

After the surgery the recovery timeline is very short. After a short limit in the physical activities of around 2-3 weeks the normal daily life can be regained.

Recovery Timeline

Mostly the patients can walk around the day after hernia surgery and can resume the daily activities after a week, but complete recovery takes around 2-3 weeks. After the surgery the recovery timeline is very short. Some activities like lifting heavy weights should be avoided for 3 months after the surgery.

Cost of Procedure

India is one of the most affordable places for hernia treatment across the globe. The cost of Hernia treatment in India is less than a one sixth of what it costs in western countries to get the same treatment done.

Top hernia hospitals is India are equipped with the most advanced technology.

Sr No Name of Procedure Cost in India (USD)
1 Investigations and Evaluation 500 - 600
2 Procedure/Surgery 2500 - 3000

Why MedicoExperts?

At MedicoExperts, we understand the significance of your health and well-being. Our aim is to provide you the best options and outcomes for your Hernia Treatment in India at our top associate hospitals in India. We understand that while you choose to travel abroad for your Hernia Treatment in India, you would surely look for cost savings and that is why we have special negotiated prices for you and offering you best possible prices for the top quality of facility and services.

We would also provide you end to end assistance for your medical trip to India and shall provide complete solution for your Hernia Treatment - right from assisting you with the visa, hotel arrangements, airport pick up and drop, inland transfers, money exchange or sight-seeing and all other concierge services. We thus assure you hassle-free arrangements for evaluations, surgery, recuperation, stay and travel in India

For more information and getting a tailor-made treatment plan for your Hernia Treatment in India, please mail us your medical history at enquiry@medicoexperts.com

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