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Incisional Hernia

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is an incisional hernia?

An incisional hernia is a bulge through the healed incision of a past surgery in your abdomen. An incisional hernia is usually caused by weakness in the tissues and muscles of your abdomen. The bulge is usually caused by a part of your intestine, but it may also be tissue or fat pushing through the weakness.

Incisional Hernia

What increases my risk for an incisional hernia?

What are the signs and symptoms of an incisional hernia?

How is an incisional hernia diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will look and feel for a bulge in your incision. You may be asked to cough while standing up. You may need a CT scan to show the hernia. You may be asked to drink contrast liquid to help the hernia show up better in the pictures. Tell the healthcare provider if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast liquid.

How is an incisional hernia treated?

Treatment depends on your symptoms and size of the hernia. Your provider may tell you to wear a hernia belt to prevent the hernia from bulging. You may need surgery if your hernia is large or is affecting your daily activities.

How can I help prevent another incisional hernia?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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