What Is a Ventral Hernia?

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A ventral hernia is also referred to as an incision hernia. It is a condition in which an abdominal muscle of the stomach pushes its way through an opening in the abdomen. Ventral herniation almost always occurs at the site of a surgical incision. It can occur shortly after surgery or years after a surgical procedure.

What Causes Ventral Hernia?

Straining after surgery is the most common cause of ventral hernia. Coughing, heavy lifting and vomiting can weaken the abdominal muscles after surgery, resulting in ventral hernia.

Symptoms

Symptoms of ventral hernia can range from mild to severe. In some patients abdominal discomfort may occur when lifting heavy objects. Additionally, a lump may be felt in the abdomen as well as abdominal pain.

Diagnosis

Physical examination of the abdomen and a (CT) computer tomography can diagnose a ventral hernia.

Treatment

When ventral herniation occurs, surgery is almost always the only option.

Prevention

Total bed rest after surgery and a pillow placed on the abdomen while coughing can reduce your risk of ventral hernia.

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