Incisional Hernia

About Treatment

An incisional hernia is a type of hernia that occurs at the site of a previous treatments incision or scar in the abdominal wall. It happens when the tissues or organs bulge through the weakened area of the abdominal wall, creating a visible protrusion. Incisional hernias can vary in size and severity, and they may cause discomfort, pain, or other symptoms. If left untreated, incisional hernias can potentially lead to complications such as bowel obstruction, strangulation, or necrosis (tissue death), which require emergency medical attention and  intervention.

Incisional Hernia

Causes

Incisional hernias typically develop due to weakened abdominal muscles or tissues at the site of a previous incision. Chronic coughing or straining

Symptoms

The most common symptom of an incisional hernia is a visible bulge or swelling at or near the site of a previous scar.

Treatment

The primary treatment for incisional hernias is treatmental repair, known as herniorrhaphy or hernioplasty. Treatment aims to repair the weakened abdominal wall and close the hernia defect to prevent recurrence.

Frequently Asked Questions

Treatment options for incisional hernias include watchful waiting (for small, asymptomatic hernias), lifestyle modifications to reduce strain on the incision site, supportive garments such as trusses or belts, and surgical repair (herniorrhaphy or hernioplasty).

Recovery after incisional hernia repair surgery varies depending on the type of surgery performed and individual factors. Patients may experience some pain, swelling, and bruising around the incision site, but most can return to normal activities within a few days to weeks.

Incisional hernias are typically diagnosed through a physical examination by a healthcare provider. Imaging tests such as ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI may be ordered to confirm the diagnosis or evaluate the extent of the hernia.

The laparoscopic surgery is minimally invasive, so the surgery needs 1-2 days of hospital after the surgery, and for open surgery, it needs 5-7 days of hospital stay. Depending on the speed of recovery, the hospital stay may also vary.

The cost of laparoscopic Incisional Hernia surgery may vary depending upon the

  • Size of the hernia,
  • The severity of the hernia problems,
  • The complexity of the surgery,
  • Surgeon experience,
  • Location of the clinic, etc.

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