Incisional Hernia


What is an incisional hernia?

An incisional hernia arises in an area where a previous incision was made, resulting in weakened abdominal muscles just underneath the incision. This result in a bulge in the same way that an inner tube pushes through a damaged tire, the inner lining of the abdomen pushes through the weakened area of the abdominal wall to form a balloon-like sac. This can allow a loop of intestines or other abdominal contents to push into the sac. If the abdominal contents get stuck within the sac, they can become trapped or “incarcerated.” This could lead to potentially serious problems that might require emergency surgery. A hernia does not get better over time, nor will it go away by itself.

How do I know if I have an incisional hernia?

An incisional hernia will be recognized by a bulge under your old skin incision scar, likely from a prior surgery. Occasionally, it causes no discomfort at all, but you may feel pain when you lift heavy objects, cough, and strain during urination or bowel movements or with prolonged standing or sitting. The discomfort may be sharp or a dull ache that gets worse towards the end of the day. Any continuous or severe discomfort, redness, nausea or vomiting associated with the bulge are signs that the hernia may be entrapped or strangulated. These symptoms are cause for concern and immediate contact of a surgeon is recommended.

What are the advantages of a laparoscopic repair?

Results may vary depending on the type of procedure and each patient’s overall condition. Common advantages may include:
• Less post-operative pain
• Tiny skin incisions
• Shortened hospital stay
• Quicker return to normal activity

What should I expect after surgery?

Patients are encouraged to engage in light activity while at home after surgery.
Post-operative discomfort is mild to moderate, and pain medication is given.
Most patients are able to get back to their normal activities in a short period of time.

If you require a hernia repair, feel free to ask Dr. Mehta about your options.

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