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After facing the grave scenarios of the second wave of COVID-19 in India, experts are highly concerned about what would third wave look like. The Government of India has recently warned the population for the third wave of the pandemic and if the protocols are not followed diligently, it can be worse than the first and even the second wave.

Let’s answer a few key questions about the much anticipated 3rd wave of COVID-19.

Third Wave of COVID-19 in India

1. What is a wave in any pandemic?

Wave in a pandemic is a generic term that describes the rising and declining trends of infections over a prolonged period. The growth curve of the…


If a patient’s gallbladder fails to work the way it should or the bile gets out of balance, hard fragments start to form. These fragments can range from the size of a grain of rice to a golf ball and are called gallstones. Nearly 80% of people who suffer from gallstones require to get a gallbladder removal surgery done. There are two types of gallbladder removal surgeries that a surgeon can conduct- Open surgery and Laparoscopic surgery.

In order to get a gallbladder removal surgery done, a patient must find a highly qualified surgeon to perform the procedure. …


What are Piles?

Piles, also called hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins that develop in the lowest part of your rectum and anus. The walls of these veins can stretch and cause intense discomfort and irritation especially when you strain to pass stools.

What causes piles?

There are certain factors that increase the risk of developing piles:

  • Constipation and straining at the toilet. This tends to increase the pressure in the veins and seems to be a common reason for piles to develop.
  • A diet that is low in fiber can lead to the formation of hard stools can cause increased straining.
  • Being overweight/obese
  • Sitting on…

Living A Healthy Life After a Gallbladder Removal Surgery

In most cases of a patient with gallbladder issues, surgeons suggest surgical removal of the gallbladder. The gallbladder of a patient is removed for reasons like infections, inflammation, called cholecystitis, gallstones, gallbladder polyp. One does not require a gallbladder to survive. And after a gallbladder removal surgery, many patients do not witness a real change in their digestion too. However, in a few cases, there is a chance that one could experience uncomfortable symptoms from living without a gallbladder. This is very rare though.

Living without a Gallbladder

The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ on the right side of one’s abdomen, beneath the liver…


When a fatty tissue or an organ pushes through a weak place in the surrounding connective tissue or muscle wall, it results in a hernia and they tend to increase in size with time. Typically, without treatment, a hernia would not heal. In hernia surgery, the resulting bulge is pushed back inside the body to contain it. A hernia may not require immediate surgery, however, a surgeon may recommend an instant surgery under certain circumstances.

when-do-you-need-hernia-surgery

In certain cases, if the hernia is not too large, is not increasing in size, and is not causing any pain or problems to the…


laparoscopy/minimally invasive surgery is a low-risk, minimally invasive procedure that is conducted by surgeons to examine the organs inside the abdomen. The procedure employs a long, thin tube with a high-intensity light and a high-resolution camera at the front called a laparoscope. It allows the surgeon to see inside the patient’s body in real-time, without open surgery and allows to take biopsy samples.

Earlier, this procedure was performed for gynecologic and gall bladder surgery. Although, in the last decade it has extended into intestinal surgery. Dr. Rengan and his team now use it increasingly for hernia surgery too. In traditional…


Pain around the bottom or in the anal opening can be a cause of distress and discomfort to many. It is not uncommon to feel frustrated, helpless, or embarrassed by these problems. The good news is that most of these issues are NOT very dangerous. In this series of blogs, We will break down and explain some of the causes of anal pain, why they happen, and what the solutions are to these issues. Dr. Rengan is one of the senior-most surgeons in the country who has been dealing with piles/ fissure/ fistula and other causes of anal pain

First…


Hernias are one of the most common types of surgical problems faced by adults. There are many different types of hernias, each with their own characteristics. So, what exactly is a hernia? What are the different types?

Imagining a hernia

To start with, let us try to imagine our body as a bunch of organs and tissue held in place by muscles, and further covered by skin. The bones provide the framework for all this. In hernia formation, the muscles, organs, and tissues are most involved. …


“I don’t want to undergo surgery. I’m scared that the surgery will be more dangerous than the disease.” “If this happened because my diet is unhealthy, can’t I just fix my diet and take care of this?”

These are some of the questions we hear often at our center while disclosing a diagnosis of gallstones. Most patients are reluctant to undergo surgery, a very understandable and valid response to the situation. You might even have stumbled upon this page because you’ve recently been diagnosed with gallstones and have been advised surgery. This article is for you to understand a little…


What is a hernia?

A hernia is a bulge or an outpouching of organs or tissue from their normal position through a gap in the muscle or fascia. They often seem like a lump under the skin. Hernias can happen anywhere in the body, although they are most often common in the trunk. Some different types of hernias are:

Umbilical hernia

In an umbilical hernia, where the organs and tissue seem to bulge at the level of the belly button. For newborns, umbilical hernias most common near the navel (belly button), and most will eventually close before the infant reaches the age of five.

Inguinal hernia

A lower…

R S Rengan

Dr ( Major ) R S Rengan MS, DNB, DLS ( France ) HOME OF HEALING SURGICAL CENTRE. General, Laparoscopic and Gastrointestinal surgeon in Chennai, India.

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