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A 42-year-old member asked:

Please help! what happens when a ventral hernia ruptures?

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Dr. Kenton Zehr
33 years experience
Increased size: Ventral hernias don't rupture to the outside world, the skin holds the abdominal contents in place. However, they can become very large and difficult to repair if the contents cannot be easily returned into the abdomen during the repair.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

Can you please tell me about a ventral hernia?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 46 years experience
In general,: Ventral hernia would require surgical repair, if it causes symptoms such as pain, nausea/vomiting, or deformity. A lot depends on location and size, so consult a surgeon for specific recommendation in your case.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What happens if a ventral hernia ruptures?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 32 years experience
Serious: It is very rare for a hernia to break through the skin or "rupture". More commonly, but still unlikely, the contents of the hernia (the stuff coming through the hole in the abdominal wall) can become stuck or incarcerated. In its worst form, this can cause gangrene and require emergency surgery to save your life. Again, thi is uncommon, but also unpredictable.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What happens when a ventral hernia pops?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 57 years experience
May end up surgery: Most of the time small ventral hernias do not need surgery, simple binder and weight reduction is enough, large hernias had risk of gettting incarcerated (getting stuck ) most likely by transverse colon will cause dangerous complications.
Last updated Feb 11, 2014

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