Abdominal Hernia

abdominal herniaVentral or abdominal hernias may occur when the intestine pushes through a weakened area  in the abdominal wall. These result from previous surgical incisions; they are also referred to as incisional hernias.

Treatment Options

Any one of these hernias may be recurrent. This means that a previously repaired hernia has returned. People with weak abdominal walls or multiple surgical sites may simultaneously suffer from a combination of hernia types.

Hundreds of thousands of hernia repair operations are performed each year both with and without surgical mesh, and patients generally recover quickly and do well after surgery. However, all surgical procedures are associated with some risk. Speak to your surgeon prior to surgery about possible risks and complications. Some of the possible complications include adverse reactions to the mesh, adhesions (bands of scar-like tissue) and injuries to nearby organs, nerves or blood vessels. Other complications of hernia repair can occur with or without the mesh, including infection, chronic pain and hernia recurrence.

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