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Incisional Hernia Overview

What is an incisional hernia?
A person with an incisional hernia has a piece of intestine that protrudes through an opening in the abdominal wall. The opening is located at the site of a surgical scar. The intestine forms a bulge under the skin where it protrudes through the opening.

What are the symptoms of an incisional hernia?
The most common symptom of an incisional hernia is a bulge or knot that forms beneath the skin near a scar. Additional symptoms of an incisional hernia may include hernia pain, hernia swelling, abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, constipation, fever, nausea, and vomiting.

How does the doctor treat an incisional hernia?
In most cases, incisional hernias are treated with surgery. The surgeon places the intestine back into the abdomen and repairs the weakened area in the abdominal wall. Surgical procedures used to treat incisional hernias include laparoscopic hernia repair and open hernia repair.

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Last Updated: Oct 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Incisional Hernia References
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