A ventral hernia occurs when intestine or abdominal tissue push through a weak spot in the abdominal wall. Ventral hernias can occur at the navel or belly button (epigastric), through incision scars (incisional) or any weak abdominal muscle (primary abdominal). Surgery is often required to push tissue back into the abdominal cavity and repair the weakened spot in the wall muscles. Danny Shouhed, M.D. is a hernia specialist and surgeon who offers ventral hernia repair with mesh through his practice in Los Angeles.
Ventral hernias are often visible bulges in the abdomen area. Whether it is incisional, epigastric or primary, a ventral hernia can pose serious risks. If the tissue becomes incarcerated or strangulated in the hernia, it can require emergency surgery to release the tissue and repair the hernia. Once a ventral hernia is diagnosed, surgery is usually recommended to close the weakened area in the abdominal wall muscle to prevent incarceration or strangulation. Ventral hernia repair with mesh is one of the most effective methods of treatment, which can be accomplished with minimally-invasive surgery.
Whenever possible, Dr. Shouhed utilizes robotic and laparoscopic methods for repairing hernias. A ventral hernia can be repaired using tiny incisions in the abdomen to access the weakened spot in the abdominal wall. A laparoscope with a small camera is inserted inside the cavity to view the hernia. Specialized tools with robotic assistance can enter the small openings and retract the bulging tissue. A small piece of surgical mesh is adhered to the abdominal muscle to repair the ventral hernia.
If you have symptoms of a ventral hernia and live in the West Hollywood or Los Angeles area, contact our office to book an appointment. We can schedule a consultation with Dr. Danny Shouhed to discuss ventral hernia treatment and other types of hernia surgery at our office in LA.