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Incisional Hernia

WHAT IS A HERNIA?

A hernia is described as the protrusion of an internal organ or tissues through a gap in the wall which should be holding it back.  This is a fairly non-specific description because hernias can occur in many different sites throughout the body.

WHAT IS AN INCISIONAL HERNIA?

An incisional hernia is a hernia which has occurred due to previous surgery.  A bulge or hernia is seen associated with the scar from a previous operation or injury.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF INCISIONAL HERNIA?

Apart from an obvious bulge or lump next to or underneath a scar some patients do not have symptoms.  Pain and discomfort can be problematic.  If the hernia stays out permanently then an operation should be considered to prevent trapping of the bowel.  In severe cases an emergency operation can be needed if the bowel becomes blocked or obstructed. 

IS AN OPERATION ALWAYS NEEDED?

An operation is not always required.  Patients with pain or lumps which do not go back in should be considered for an operation.

WHAT OPERATIONS CAN BE DONE?

There are various different approaches to the repair of incisional hernias and opinions as to the best method may differ betweens surgeons.  The laparoscopic technique is not practised by all surgeons but offers many advantages over open techniques.  Technical details of each operation are beyond the purposes of this site and detailed discussions should be under taken during a surgical consultation.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH SURGERY?

The risks are similar in terms of open or laparoscopic operations.  Any operation can be complicated by bleeding and infection.  Hernias can and do come back despite the best efforts of any surgeon.  Laparoscopic procedures may need to be changed to a open operation requiring a larger incision.  Rarer complications are bowel injury which may require formation of stomas.

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