Incisional Hernia Treatment
Abdominal hernias occur when there is a weakness in the abdominal wall. Incisional hernias develop at weak spots where a surgical incision was made in the abdominal muscles or tissue. Incisional hernias are common, and an estimated 33% of patients with abdominal incisions will experience an incisional hernia. If you need incisional hernia treatment, Danny Shouhed, M.D. is one of the top gastrointestinal surgeons in the Los Angeles area.
Causes and Symptoms of Incisional Hernias
There are many risk factors that can contribute to incisional hernias. Gaining weight after surgery or pregnancy can put extra strain on the weakened area of an abdominal incision. Other possible causes include premature exercise after surgery or strain on the abdominal muscles, resulting in poor healing of the muscles. An incisional hernia can have severe complications such as an incarcerated or strangulated bowel. Symptoms of an incisional hernia include:
- Bulge at incision (more pronounced when standing or coughing)
- Vomiting or nausea
- Constipation or “thin” stool
- Fever or increased heartrate
- Pain around area of incision
Incisional hernia treatment is usually a surgical repair with open or laparoscopic surgery. The muscles can be closed to strengthen the abdomen wall to stop the protrusion of intestines or tissues at the point of the incision. In some cases, surgical mesh is used to provide scaffolding to strengthen the abdomen muscles at the incision. It is vital for patients to adhere to recovery recommendations to ensure the hernia repair heals correctly to prevent further hernia complications.
Danny Shouhed, M.D. is a board certified, fellowship trained general surgeon that specializes in robotic and minimally-invasive gastrointestinal surgery. If you have symptoms of an incisional hernia, treatment is available through our medical practice in Los Angeles. Contact our office to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Shouhed to discuss incisional hernia treatment options.