HIGHLY SKILLED HERNIA SURGEONS ARE IN MERIDIAN
WHAT IS A VENTRAL HERNIA
A ventral hernia occurs anywhere on the abdominal muscles. These can include umbilical (belly button) hernias, incisional (at a prior incision) hernias, epigastric (upper abdominal) hernias, a supra-pubic (above the pubic bone) hernias. There are many causes for ventral hernias including weakness at the incision site of previous abdominal surgery, weakness in an area of the abdominal wall that was present at birth, or weakness in the abdominal wall caused by conditions that put a strain on the abdominal wall.
SYMPTOMS OF A VENTRAL HERNIA
Some patients don’t feel any discomfort in the early stages of a ventral hernia. Often, the first sign is a visible bulge under the skin in the abdomen or an area that is tender to the touch. The bulge may flatten when lying down or pushing against it. Symptoms of a ventral hernia include a lump or protrusion in the abdomen; especially when lifting, straining, standing, or coughing, which increases abdominal pressure and makes the hernia more pronounced and easier to diagnose. Nausea, vomiting, fever, or rapid heart rate. Pain in the abdomen, especially around the protrusion.
TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR VENTRAL HERNIA
Hernia surgery can vary in complexity depending on the size and position of the hernia. Hernia surgery is the only long-term solution to treating a hernia completely. This is because a hernia will only grow larger if it is left untreated. Even small hernias require prompt surgical attention. Options for surgical treatment include open ventral hernia repair and robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery.
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INDICATIONS FOR REPAIR OF A VENTRAL HERNIA
A hernia allows abdominal tissue to bulge out. This tissue is not safe if it is trapped in this abnormal location. When hernias begin to cause discomfort or pain, this could be an indication that the tissue is being damaged, and this calls for a hernia repair. When tissue from inside the abdomen becomes trapped in the hernia, it is called an incarcerated hernia. An incarcerated hernia typically presents with pain and a bulge that becomes firm secondary to inflammation. If the abdominal tissue is not returned to its normal location promptly, it can be damaged and even die (strangulation) which can compromise the blood supply. This is a surgical emergency that has tons of risk factors and must be tended to immediately.
SURGICAL OPTIONS FOR VENTRAL HERNIA REPAIR
VENTRAL HERNIA REPAIR
Ventral hernia diagnosed by a physician can be treated with open ventral hernia repair or robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery.
In open hernia repairs, an incision is made over the hernia, and the hole is repaired with sutures. Robot-assisted laparoscopic ventral hernia repairs are a minimally invasive technique that uses small incisions far away from the hernia itself, and repairs the hernia from inside the abdominal cavity, avoiding a large incision.