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A 33-year-old female asked:

Can woman get a hernia after abdominal surgery? i am having pain on left side of incision, feels like pulled muscle. (surgery was lap band removal)

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: A hernia can form in anyone who had a prior abdominal surgery. The longer incision sites have the most risk. See your doctor or surgeon for an examination.
Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics 23 years experience
Hernia: I assume you are talking about an abdominal wall hernia and not a hiatal hernia. If you have had surgery, your incisions can develop into incisional hernias. The incision gets weak over time and can allow your intestines to bulge through. Incisional hernias are more likely to happen in people that are overweight. Fixing them is fairly simple and i typically do this laparoscopically.
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: If you think something is wrong with the incision, see your surgeon for an exam.

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Last updated May 8, 2016

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