Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Bulge in the Abdominal Wall Treatment

A ventral hernia is treated with surgery, which may be performed with a laparoscope, or through an incision in the abdomen. The surgeon places the intestine back into the abdomen and repairs the weakened area in the abdominal wall.

Surgical treatment for a ventral hernia includes:

  • Laparoscopic ventral hernia repair:
    • A flexible scope is inserted through small incisions in the abdomen
    • Special instruments are used to repair the abdominal wall through the small incisions
  • Open ventral hernia repair:
    • A larger incision is made in the abdomen
    • The abdominal wall is repaired through the larger incision

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Bulge in the Abdominal Wall Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of ventral hernia.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for another ventral hernia?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Bulge in the Abdominal Wall Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a ventral hernia:

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Last Updated: Jan 7, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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