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About Ventral Hernia

Determining the Source of Your Discomfort

A hernia can occur in various parts of your body when an organ begins to bulge into a space it does not usually occupy. When tissues or your intestines push through a weak part of your abdominal wall and into a hernia sac, it can cause pain and discomfort. This condition is known as a ventral hernia, and our team at miVIP Miami is well-equipped to help.

Thanks to advances in technology, our staff can offer laparoscopic hernia repair. These types of hernias may be more common now than in the past, as patients are at greater risk of developing them after abdominal surgery.

The Numbers Behind Ventral Hernias

According to the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, more than 25 percent of people who have abdominal surgery eventually develop a ventral hernia. While the condition usually takes years to develop, the hernia can appear much sooner after the procedure.

What Causes the Condition?

Such a hernia can occur at birth when an infant’s abdominal wall does not properly close. It can also result after surgery in an adult if the site of an incision does not fully heal. Both situations lead to a weak spot in the abdominal wall, leaving an opening for a hernia to develop.

Symptoms Associated With Ventral Hernias

If you have a ventral hernia, you may notice:

·       A bulge in your abdominal wall that appears bigger if your stomach muscles are strained

·       Discomfort, pain or tenderness in the groin area

·       Swelling or discoloration in the groin

In extreme situations, nausea, fever or even vomiting can result from the herniated tissue being cut off. At this point, laparoscopic hernia repair is likely necessary.

Your Options for Treatment

There are some cases in which a patient’s symptoms are mild. In these instances, treating ventral hernias may not be immediately needed, though laparoscopic hernia repair will typically occur down the road.

During ventral hernia repair, a physician will make small incisions in the abdomen through which a small tube will be placed. Inserting small tools through the tube, the physician can move the tissue in the herniated sac back into its appropriate position. The site may need additional stitching or a surgical mesh to strengthen the abdominal wall.

Long-Term Prognosis

According to the National Institutes of Health, only 1 to 3 percent of people who have hernia surgery experience a reoccurrence. Thanks to a minimally invasive approach, there is little risk for other potential complications.

Get Help Today

Our surgeons at miVIP can help relieve your symptoms using laparoscopic hernia repair. If you have questions about your condition or are ready to resolve the situation, call our team at XXX.XXX.XXXX.