Identification of risk factors like obesity and diabetes and advancements in hernia treatment will be discussed at a three-day conference in the city, starting Thursday. The 13th annual conference of the Hernia Society of India will be held at Belle Vue Clinic and a city hotel. Some 800 surgeons, including doctors from abroad, will take part. Identifying risk factors like obesity, smoking and diabetes go a long way in minimising the recurrence of hernia, according to doctors.
“Earlier, if an obese person came with a small hernia, we went ahead with surgery. But the abdominal pressure is so high (because of obesity), the patient will return with a failure, another bulge. Not immediately, but years later, it will recur,” Sarfaraz Baig, gastroenterologist and laparoscopic surgeon at Belle Vue and one of the organisers of the conference, said. “So it is imperative that he/she is treated for obesity before undergoing a hernia surgery.” Baig was speaking about the scale of the disease and advancements in treatment on Tuesday in the run-up to the conference.
Source: The Telegraph