Why does hernia occur and how can it be treated?
—Anukriti, a resident of Adyar
1 in 4 males develop hernia and for ladies, due to weak abdominal muscles after deliveries, especially after C-section incision gives way, incisional hernia occurs. Hernia cannot be prevented but can be cured without much of pain and fear of recurrence by laparoscopic surgeries. The open hernia surgeries are not so painful these days due to advancement in the treatment methods. All types of hernia are curable without recurrence by laparoscopic surgery.
—Dr. C. Palanivelu, senior gastroenterologist, GEM Hospital.
What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism?
—Praveen, a resident of Saidapet
The symptoms of hypothyroidism include sudden weight gain, fatigue, lowered heart rate, increased blood cholesterol, fertility issues and weak memory. In women, it can also affect the menstrual cycle. Timely blood tests can help detect any changes in the body. Hypothyroidism can be easily treated with medications. The symptoms of hyperthyroidism include irregular heartbeat, lack of sleep, brittle hair, and breast development in men. Like hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism is also curable through regular medication. Regular exercise, proper diet, timely diagnosis & treatment can help resolve thyroid problems completely.
—Dr Anita Suryanarayana, Vice President, Lister Metropolis Healthcare.