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Incisional and Ventral Hernias

Indication

These are hernias that develop through prior incision sites or on the abdominal wall (including the "belly button"). They are repaired if they cause pain or become excessively large.

Preoperative evaluation

A history and physical examination confirm the presence of a hernia.

Procedure

The contents are returned to the abdomen and the hole is sewn closed. If the adjacent tissue is weak or the hole is too large, synthetic mesh is sewn in place to reinforce the repair.

Length of stay

Outpatient except in the case of large hernias which might require a one to four day hospitalization.

Recovery

One to two weeks, and no lifting over five to ten pounds for six weeks.

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