An incisional hernia, or ventral hernia, is caused by muscle weakness at the site of a previous surgical wound. They can occur following nearly any type of abdominal procedure, including caesarian section births and appendectomies. Incisional hernias develop at the site of wounds that may have healed incompletely due to an infection, hematoma, fluid surrounding the wound or even due to poor surgical technique. The majority of hernias develop within the first two to three years following a procedure and may be aggravated or worsened by certain biological factors, such as obesity.
Did you know…
that incisional hernias are the second most common type of hernias in the U.S.? They are so common, in fact, that they result in between 100,000 and 150,000 hernia repairs every year. Though it is unknown exactly how many abdominal surgeries eventually lead to incisional hernias, research suggests it could be as much as 15 percent.
You may have an incisional hernia if you have a bulge, pouch or protrusion at or near the scar of a previous incision. While some people in Bradenton may develop incisional hernias shortly after an abdominal surgery, others may not develop hernias until much later – seemingly after the scar has healed.
Most incisional hernias need to be repaired. Leaving them untreated will allow them to worsen and enlarge, becoming increasingly unsightly. Furthermore, incisional hernias are at risk of strangulation, which can be a life-threatening complication. However, only your Bradenton surgeon can help you determine if surgery is right for you.
Many incisional hernia operations can be performed laparoscopically through tiny incisions in the abdomen. Not only does this help minimize scarring, but it can also reduce the risk of further complications after the procedure. During a laparoscopic incisional hernia repair, mesh is sutured inside the abdomen to strengthen the surrounding muscles. Patients who undergo this procedure experience a faster recovery time than those who undergo traditional open surgery and also enjoy the same or better success rates.
For more information about incisional hernia repair in Bradenton, contact our office to speak with one of our helpful staff members. We look forward to serving you soon.