Hernia Surgical Evaluation
The evaluation of an incisional hernia starts with a history and physical exam.
The diagnosis of an incisional hernia is made during physical exam.
Physical findings in someone with an incisional hernia include:
- A bulge in a surgical scar
- Tenderness around the surgical scar
- Abdominal tenderness
Testing is not required to make the diagnosis of an incisional hernia.
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