Incisional Hernias

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Incisional Hernias - Incidence

Incisional hernias are more likely to occur in people who have had multiple abdominal operations, those who have chronic cough or if they are over-weight or pregnant.

This occurs after 2-10% of all abdominal surgeries, although some people are more at risk. The rate of incisional hernia occurrence can be as high as 13% with some abdominal surgeries.


Men, women, and children of all ages and ethnic backgrounds may develop an incisional hernia after an abdominal surgery. They occur more commonly among adults than among children.

After surgical repair, incisional hernias have a high rate of recurring or returning. It is almost as high as 20-45%.

The incidence is also higher if there is wound infection immediately after surgery.

In the past, material that was used to close the abdominal incision was of the absorbable nature and the rate of such hernias was higher. However, now synthetic, non-absorbable suture material is used and the rate has come down.

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murugu123 

i am 54 years lady at present i have an incisional Hernia, 4 years back i had undergone operation uterus removing whether immediate surgery is required but i don't have any pain

Sarahsue 

10 days Post op from ingiunal repair recurrence and femoral hernia repair (same side). Cement Twinkie at the surgery site. Anyone? I am a 42 y/o female.

Marc_Twain 

My 73 yr old mother needs umbilical hernia repair. Skeptical about medical procedures, she is put it off til it is bigger. Does not like idea of Biologic implants. What is safest mesh material to use? Or, in general, which mesh material has the least complications / lawsuits ? Polypropylene, polyester,...what ? Thank you for any anticipated answer.

Squeeker 

I am scheduled to have a rather large Incisional Hernia repaired, because it is such a large hernia my surgeon has recommended using MESH. I have heard a lot of negative things regarding MESH and do not know which Mesh would be the safest to use. Do you have some suggestions on which MESH would be best?
I did express my concerns to my surgeon but there was no recommendation. Also I was told that if you could have a Cosmetic Surgeon join in with your Surgeon you may have much better results. Is this true?

akab66 

Hi also had umbilical hernia repair surgery 2 months ago and am experiencing burning sensation and pain around the incision. I am passing gas frequently and feel tired often. Have had issues with bloating and pain in the upper part of my stomach for some time and have been told there may be some adhesions. Its just a pity the Doctors do not tell you much about the recovery process and they make you think the surgery is just a simple procedure.

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