Incisional hernias can occur whenever an incision is made on the abdominal wall. The bigger the incision the more likelihood of developing an incisional hernia. Being a smoker, obesity, wound infections, malnutrition and steroid medication use can all increase risk of incisional hernias.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
Incisional hernias are bulges or protrusion of abdominal wall at or near incisions. They may cause pain or be without any pain. They can usually be diagnosed with an examination by a physician. However, very often radiographic studies are used to better understand the abdominal wall anatomy before any definitive treatment is offered.
Treatment and Recovery
The only definitive treatment for a hernia is surgical repair. Exercise, pressure garments or "waiting it out" does NOT get rid of a hernia. Fortunately, surgery for incisional hernias is extremely safe and effective. Great majority of surgeries are performed in less than an hour on outpatient basis with a fast recovery period. Many people can return to work in a few days. Some pain and soreness is expected but can be well controlled with oral pain medications.
Techniques for incisional hernia repair
Incisional hernia surgery is categorized into two main groups, open surgery and minimally invasive surgery.
- Open surgery is the "traditional" way of repairing hernias through a 3-30 inch incision at the site of the hernia. Usually it causes more pain and a slower recovery.
- Minimally invasive surgery (Laparoscopy, Robotics) is a more modern technique utilizing various small caliber instruments through very small incisions to repair the hernias. In our opinion, when feasible, minimally invasive techniques (Laparoscopy and Robotics) are superior and more advanced techniques as they allow for faster return to work, less pain and less post operative complications.
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