An incisional hernia occurs in the scar following a previous operation. Incisional hernia occur for a number of reasons: The wound may have become infected after surgery, the stitches may have failed, or the repair may have gradually weakend over time.
Incisional hernia's often become quite large and uncomfortable. Because of their site and position (often in midline) they are usually repaired under general anaesthetic.
The repair can be by a keyhole laparoscopc operation or by an open mesh repair. It will depend upon the position, size and reducibilty (how easily it goes back in) as to which operation is possible.
Excellent results are possible, even in very large and difficult hernias. For this kind of hernia we will always want to see you in clinic before deciding what operation is best for you.
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