WHAT IS AN INCISIONAL HERNIA?
An incisional hernia is a defect in the abdominal muscle beneath a previous surgical incision or penetrating wound. The defect results in a swelling beneath the skin and is often painful or sensitive. Once discovered, it is important to repair an incisional hernia as they tend to enlarge, become more symptomatic, and serious complications such as gangrene of the intestine may develop if the bowel gets stuck in the defect.
INCISIONAL HERNIA REPAIR
Incisional hernias can often be repaired laparoscopically via three or four small incisions in the abdomen, but may require a larger incision (open surgery) depending on their size and location. The aim is to close the defect with the help of a soft polypropylene mesh, which is usually placed on the inside of the muscle, and acts like a patch.