Incisional Hernias

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Incisional Hernias - Risks & Complications

The risks and complications include those related to general anesthesia and those related to the surgery.


Risks of general anesthesia include nausea, vomiting, urinary retention, cut lips, chipped teeth, sore throat and headache. More serious complications include heart attacks, stroke and pneumonia.

Postoperative complications may include:

Fluid buildup at the site of mesh placement, sometimes requiring aspiration (draining off)

Postoperative bleeding, though seldom enough to require repeat surgery

Prolonged suture pain, treated with pain medication or anti-inflammatory drugs

Injury to intra abdominal organs like the intestines, liver etc.

Nerve injury

Fever, usually related to surgical wound infection

Intra-abdominal (within the abdominal wall) abscess

Urinary retention

Blood clots can form in the legs due to inactivity after surgery

Blood clots can get dislodged from the legs and can get embedded in the lungs leading to respiratory distress


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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
murugu123  Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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.
Sarahsue  Monday, February 4, 2013
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.
Marc_Twain  Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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?
Squeeker  Friday, October 5, 2012
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.
akab66  Saturday, September 24, 2011
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