Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Incisional Hernia Treatment

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:


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Incisional Hernia Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for an incisional 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 complications?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Incisional Hernia Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat incisional hernias:

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Last Updated: Oct 13, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Incisional Hernia References
  1. Burger JW, Luijendijk RW, Hop WC, Halm JA, Verdaasdonk EG, Jeekel J. Long-term follow-up of a randomized controlled trial of suture versus mesh repair of incisional hernia. Ann Surg. 2004 Oct;240(4):578-83. [15383785]
  2. Olmi S, Magnone S, Erba L, Bertolini A, Croce E. Results of laparoscopic versus open abdominal and incisional hernia repair. JSLS. 2005 Apr-Jun;9(2):189-95. [15984708]
  3. Sorensen LT, Hemmingsen UB, Kirkeby LT, Kallehave F, Jorgensen LN. Smoking is a risk factor for incisional hernia. Arch Surg. 2005 Feb;140(2):119-23. [15723991]
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