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Incisional Hernias - Prognosis

The prognosis for Incisional hernia surgery and its success is good if done early.

Good outcomes are expected with incisional hernia repair, particularly with the laparoscopic method.

Patients will usually go home the day of surgery and can expect a one- to two-week recovery period at home, and then a return to normal activities.


The American College of Surgeons reports that recurrence rates after the first repair of an incisional hernia range from 2552%.

Recurrence is more frequent when conventional surgical wound closure with standard sutures (stitches) is used.

Recurrence after open procedures has been shown to be less likely when mesh is used, although complications, especially infection, have been shown to increase because of the larger abdominal incisions.

Laparoscopy repair of incisional hernia (repair with mesh) has shown rates of recurrence as low as 3.4%, with fewer complications as well.

Deaths are not reported resulting directly from the performance of Herniorrhaphy for incisional hernia.

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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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