When Procedure is Used
Incisional hernias most often occur along a surgical scar in the abdomen, and they can occur as a result of weight gain, pregnancy, or returning to physical activity too quickly after an abdominal operation. Incisional hernias must be repaired surgically.
You will most likely be given general anesthesia to make sure your body is relaxed and you are asleep during the procedure. Your surgeon will then make one incision in order to move the tissue, intestine, or other organs back to their proper place. In some instances, a small patch of mesh will be sewn to the tissue at the site of the hernia to stabilize the area until it has healed fully.
The risk of complications is very low. However, potential risks might include
- allergic reactions to medications
- nerve damage
- bleeding or blood clots
- injury to surrounding tissues
- prevention of further complications such as bowel obstruction as a result of the hernia
- elimination of pain and discomfort