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Incisional Hernias

What is an Incisional Hernia?

The protrusion of an organ that usually occurs at the site of a previous surgical incision.

What Causes an Incisional Hernia?

Incisional hernias are caused when there is weakening or a tear at the site of a prior incision.

Symptoms of Incisional Hernia

Watch for the following signs of a possible incisional hernia:

  • Swelling beneath the skin, usually around the incision
  • Pain or discomfort

Incisional Hernia Treatments

Your doctor may suggest incisional hernia repair surgery. This procedure involves the hernia being “pushed back.” The weakened abdominal wall is also repaired, usually using a mesh to reinforce the area. Surgery can be done using minimally invasive techniques. 

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