Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Incisional Hernia Underlying Cause

After surgery, poor healing of the abdominal incision may lead to a weakened area in the abdominal wall. A portion of intestine may protrude through the weakened portion of the abdominal wall and become trapped. This forms a bulge in the area of the surgical scar.

Last Updated: Mar 20, 2009 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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