An internal hernia refers to a condition where an internal organ protrudes into the abdominal cavity causing small bowel obstruction. It can develop due to postsurgical trauma, infectious diseases, or congenital anomalies. It can affect both men and women but can be very difficult to diagnose in women because it shares symptoms with other conditions including idiopathic chronic pelvic pain and endometriosis.
Patients who are suspected of having internal hernia are highly encouraged to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Since the condition can obstruct the small bowel, it can potentially lead to serious complications that may warrant challenging and risky surgical procedures in the future.
In Southeast Asia, comprehensive care, ranging from diagnosis through to treatment, is offered to patients with an internal hernia. Many hospitals in Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia use sophisticated diagnostic technologies to ensure the accuracy of diagnosis. Depending on the patient’s symptoms, various medical tests and imaging procedures may be recommended before any treatment is initiated. For confirmed cases of an internal hernia, surgery is the primary treatment, which can be performed via traditional open surgery (requires a long incision in the abdomen) or laparoscopic surgery (a minimally invasive option that uses small incisions and reduces blood loss and surgical complications).
Many surgeons who are practicing in Southeast Asia are trained in both open and minimally invasive surgery. Many of them boast specialist degrees and have completed fellowship training in countries such as the United States and United Kingdom. The most talented surgeons can be found in Southeast Asia’s internationally recognised hospitals or those accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) and International Standards Organisation (ISO). By combining these hospitals’ advanced technology and their surgeons' expertise and skills, patients with an obstructed internal hernia can expect favourable results. However, obtaining high-quality care does not mean spending a fortune as the majority of medical services in Southeast Asia are significantly more affordable than in Western countries (up to 75% cheaper).