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Incisional Hernia

Incisional Hernia

Incisional Hernia

An Incisional Hernia is the protrusion of abdominal contents through an incision in the abdominal wall that has failed to heal properly and has come apart. The incision would have initially been made during an abdominal surgical procedure such as bowel surgery. In rare cases the protruding abdominal contents will get trapped, resulting in a loss of blood supply. This is known as a strangulated hernia and requires emergency surgery. The best course of action is to seek immediate treatment; otherwise the hernia will almost certainly get bigger and more uncomfortable.

Causes Of Incisional Hernia

An Incisional Hernia occurs when abdominal contents protrude through an incision in the abdominal wall that was made during previous surgical operation. When conducting an operation a surgeon will make an incision to reach a patient’s internal organs. Once the operation is finished the surgeon will then close the layers of the abdominal wall with stitches. If the closure fails to heal properly or the stitches come apart over time, an Incisional Hernia can occur.

Incisional Hernia Symptoms

The main feature of an Incisional Hernia is a bulge under the skin, close to or beneath the incision scar. In many cases hernias are either painless or produce an occasional ‘ache’ after activity. In some cases however the pain will be quite marked

Incisional Hernia Treatment

There are two standard methods of Incisional Hernia repair, the open technique or laparoscopic surgery. The treatment method administered is dependent on the nature of hernia, the desired outcome, a balance of risks and benefits, the patient and the surgeon. The type of repair is always tailored to the patient’s case.

Incisional Hernia Surgery Timeline

At London Hernia we offer rapid access/turnaround from consultation to surgery. With a wealth of talented surgeons and slots readily available in our state-of-the-art theatres, we can work around your schedule to ensure you enjoy a swift return to full health. For the next available surgery slot we recommend contacting our specialist team.

Is Incisional Hernia Treatment An Option?

Incisional Hernias almost inevitably enlarge over time so should therefore be repaired sooner rather than later. As many hernias do not produce any side affects the temptation is to ignore them. It It is therefore vital you seek treatment before the problem worsens. The larger the Incisional Hernia gets, the more difficult it is for a surgeon to carry out successful surgery.

Book Incisional Hernia Appointment

To ask a question about an Incisional Hernia or to book an appointment with one of our consultants you can call us on  020 3370 1014 or email us at londonhernia@hje.org.uk.

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