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As Between A Ventral Hernia And An Incisional Hernia
A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more
Possible, but rare: Although death from a ventral hernia is rare, they can cause significant discomfort, enlarge, and cause life threatening problems that require emergency surgery, which is usually successful at saving the life, but not always so for repairing the hernia. See a surgeon interested in hernia repair for a more complete evaluation. Find one on the Americas Hernia Society website. Hope this helps! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lump, pain: A ventral hernia is a defect in the abdominal wall muscle that allows abdominal organs to protrude causing a lump or mass. If these organs are squeezed or trapped in the defect then pain can ensue. Pain is relieved by reducing the hernia contents or laying down. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: ventral hernia's are very frequently repaired. To approaches are open surgery or laparoscopic surgery. Larger repairs, greater than 1 cm are repaired using mash. Smaller hernias are repaired primarily with suture. Most repair only if symptomatic meaning pain or discomfort. There is a small risk of bowel incarceration or strangulation which presents with escalating pain and a non-reducible lump. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No.: Various types of mesh have been used for over 40 years as a means of bridging the gap when repairing (larger) hernias. This has significantly reduced the risk of recurrence but at the expense of some complications that are unique to mesh placement. These include mesh infection and scar tissue between the mesh and intra-abdominal organs. Overall, current mesh is very safe and effective. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No.: Ventral hernias encompass a broad range of hernias of the front of the abdominal wall, including umbilical, epigastric, spigelian, and incisional hernias. Symptoms are primarily related to the size of the hole in the abdominal wall and what, if anything, is getting 'stuck' in them. While not all of these require repair, this determination is best made by a hernia surgeon. ...Read more
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