Friday, 21 July 2017

Treatment For Hernia In Kochi

Hernia is a common disorder found in people today. It occurs when some organs in our body tend to push out through weakened areas of abdominal walls and muscles. Hernia is characterised by a bulge or protrusion and is usually found in the abdomen, near the umbilicus and groin areas.

Most cases of hernia are unthreatening and manifest itself as a bulge while patients stand, walk, cough, sneeze or lift heavy weights. Hernia cannot be cured by medications and it does not recede by its own. Surgery is considered as the ultimate remedy for treatment of hernia.

Dr. Deepak Verma is a leading gastro surgeon in Kerala and is widely acknowledged for his effective treatment of hernia.

When should medical attention be sought?

As mentioned before, hernia is not life threatening. However, it is important to seek medical attention to avoid potential complications if the following symptoms are experienced.
  • If the bulge grows painful
  • If it shows a faster rate of growth
  • If the bulge gets stuck up in the walls and is visible always

What causes hernia?

Hernias are of different types depending on the cause and location of occurrence. They are caused usually due to strain and weakness in the muscles. This can occur due to factors such as congenital defects, age, lifting heavy weights, pregnancy, constipation and so on. Persistent sneezing or coughing and sudden weight gain are also factors that can lead to the condition.

Treatment for Hernia

Unlike popular belief, hernia cannot be cured with medications alone. Surgical procedures are required to restore the protruding organs. This can be performed either by placing flexible mesh to reinforce the weakened area or with the help of laparoscopic surgery where the hernia sac is pulled back through small incisions into the abdominal cavity. 

Dr. Deepak Verma is currently working as Senior Consultant, Surgical Gastroenterology at Aster Medicity, based in Kochi.

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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Don't Ignore The Warning Signs.. Treat Pancreatic Cancer At The Earliest..

Pancreatic cancer is an uncontrolled and abnormal growth of the cells present in the pancreas. The pancreas is a large gland in the body and is a part of the digestive system.

Symptoms Of Pancreatic Cancer

  • Pain in the stomach or back area
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Jaundice
  • Bowel changes
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Indigestion
  • Blood clots
  • Fever and shivering
  • Diabetes

Causes For Pancreatic Cancer

  • Age factor
  • Smoking
  • Inflammation of the pancreas
  • Stomach ulcer
  • Genetics

Diagnosis of pancreatic cancer carries out with a physical examination followed by some tests. They are
  • Urine test
  • Blood test
  • Ultrasound scan
  • Computerized tomography (CT) scan
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) scan
Depending on the results of the scan, some further tests may include
  • Endoluminal ultrasonography (EUS) endoscopy
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) 
  • Laparoscopy

It is very difficult to treat pancreatic cancer. It is very often that cancer will not be detected in the early stages and rarely causes any symptoms. It is also more difficult to treat cancer, if it is large in shape. The treatment of cancer purely depends on the type and location. It is also important to consider person’s health, age and personal preferences while prescribing treatment. 

Treatment For Pancreatic Cancer

There are three main types of treatment available for pancreatic cancer. They are
  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
More intensive treatment provides doctors better chances of treating cancer. It is doctor’s role to provide best balance between the need for intensive treatment and desire to restrict side effects as much as possible. The most curative treatment for pancreatic cancer is surgical removal of all cancer and a pancreatic transplant. Chemotherapy helps patients to improve their quality of life and extend life.

Dr. Deepak Varma, Gastrosurgeon in Kochi has many years of experience to treat cancer.

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