The most common symptom of an incisional hernia is a visible, protruding bulge under the skin in the area of the prior procedure. The patient may also experience pain and discomfort, with symptoms increasing after lifting heavy objects or prolonged periods of physical activity, standing or sitting.
In rare cases, the incisional hernia may also be accompanied by severe pain, nausea and vomiting. These are signs of a strangulated hernia, which is a life-threatening complication that occurs when a piece of the patient’s bowel becomes trapped within the hernia, resulting in a compromised blood supply. This is considered a medical emergency and requires immediate evaluation and emergency surgery.
What causes an incisional hernia?
An incisional hernia occurs after abdominal surgery due to poor wound healing, either from infection, obesity, poor nutrition or certain medications. Additionally, they may develop due to repeated wear and tear to the surgical incision.
How is an incisional hernia treated?
It is important to note that incisional hernias will not repair themselves and are likely to worsen over time. Surgery is the only way to fully resolve the condition and prevent complications.
There are two distinct surgical options our experts use to treat incisional hernias: open hernia surgery or laparoscopic hernia repair. The procedure we use will be dependent on the exact nature and size of your hernia, as well as your medical history. It all goes towards providing among the most effective incisional hernia repair Los Angeles and Beverly Hills have to offer.
During open hernia surgery, our surgeons will either use the previous incision or create a new one near the site of the hernia. We will then return the tissues and organs to their proper location before repairing the hole or weakness in the abdominal wall with a mesh underlay or sutures. Recovery from open hernia surgery typically lasts about three weeks, at which point patients may resume their normal activities. At six weeks, patients can resume strenuous exercise.
In some cases, we may use a minimally invasive procedure called laparoscopic hernia repair. During surgery, our experts will insert a thin scope with a camera attached to obtain internal visibility of the hernia and surrounding structures. We will then make a small incision to expose the weakened tissues in the abdominal wall, before placing a mesh patch or sutures to repair the defect. Following surgery, the recovery period is slightly shorter and associated with less pain and discomfort than open hernia surgery. In most cases, recovery lasts one to two weeks, at which point patients can resume light activity. At four weeks, patients can resume strenuous exercise.
If you suspect you have an incisional hernia, or you have a protruding bulge near the site of a prior surgery, it is important to seek immediate evaluation at the Los Angeles Hernia Center. Untreated hernias can lead to irreversible damage and the development of life-threatening complications, so time is of the essence. During your initial appointment, our team of surgeons will evaluate your symptoms and provide a definitive diagnosis. From there, we will compose a custom surgical plan to repair your hernia and prevent a recurrence using the most comfortable and minimally invasive techniques available. With years of experience and countless successful procedures, our surgeons have developed a reputation for delivering among the best incisional hernia repair Los Angeles has to offer.
We specialize in performing complete hernia surgery and repair, using the latest and most minimally invasive techniques available. Moreover, our staff is comprised of two leading hernia experts, both of whom are fully committed to providing our patients with the best incisional hernia surgery Beverly Hills has available.
All procedures are performed in our surgical care center, which is a private alternative to a hospital setting. Because hernia repair is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, hospitalization simply is not necessary. As such, many patients prefer to undergo treatment in our state-of-the-art facility, which offers an added level of privacy, convenience, and comfort.Learn more