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As between a ventral hernia and an incisional hernia?

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The same.: A ventrlal hernia is a hole anywhere along the front or ventral surface of the abdominal wall. An incisional hernia is a type of ventral hernia that forms after the abdominal wall is weakened by prior surgery.

Answered 12/28/2022

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Dr. Creighton Wright answered

Specializes in surgery

Different: Ventral means front and can be diastasis , umbilical or otherwise without prior surgery! incisional is in an area of an incision meaning prior surgery.

Answered 3/26/2013

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Dr. Michael Sawyer answered

Specializes in General Surgery

See below: Sometimes these terms are used interchangeably. Ventral hernia usually refers to a hernia that occurs in the anterior abdominal wall. These may be primary (occurring without prior surgery) or secondary to an operative incision. Incisional hernias are just that - hernias that occur in an old operative incision. These are usually in the anterior abdominal wall as well.

Answered 1/6/2015

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