How is an incisional hernia treated?

Have you ever experienced that uncomfortable bulge or swelling near your surgical scar? Congratulations! You might be the lucky recipient of an incisional hernia. But don’t worry, we’ll show you some ways to deflate that balloon and get back to normal.

What is an Incisional Hernia?

An incisional hernia occurs when tissue protrudes through a weakened area in the abdominal wall. This weakness can come about due to various factors such as surgery or injury, resulting in the formation of a painful lump around the site of surgery.

Signs and Symptoms of Incisional Hernias

Watch out for these red flags

  • A noticeable bump or swelling at the surgical site: Your body sometimes allows tissues like intestines to pass through open spaces during surgery; it may not close up properly, leading to this unsightly consequence.
  • Pain: Fairly obvious, but if there’s discomfort on your skin around where your stomach intestine could seep into that gap stop ignoring it!
  • Fever/ nausea/vomiting: If redness appears/tenderness/worsening pain running fever contact Dr ASAP!

We got all our organs packed into tight spaces inside our belly- which makes it quite hard avoiding mishaps here (Jenga-level skills required). But an ounce of prevention bests a pound of cure, so let’s focus on how you can avoid getting this bump altogether:

Preventing Incisionsl Hernias

Here are some tips worth considering from Mr Health Inspector himself:

  1. Maintain Good Weight Control – While losing weight healthily matters– particularly exercising regularly –keep off extreme diets since going too far with rapid fluctuations puts unnecessary pressure on their midsections.
  2. Avoid smoking – Smoking weakens muscles’ natural defenses against weakening forces—so ditch them
  3. Lead An Active Lifestyle – Lazing with the Netflix binge might feel fun but investing in moderate exercise regularly helps reduce risks of hernia.
  4. Prepare for Surgery – follow any prep advise from your doctor pre-op where they’ll make sure everything’s according to plan
  5. Listen and Get Proper Treatment– Don’t ignore post-operative care, take their medication as prescribed & avoid lifting heavy weights per advised restrictions
  6. Eat Healthy – Eating at least 25 grams of fiber each day keeps the intestines moving more regular and slows intestinal emptying which minimizes pulling forces that lead to hernias.

Treating Incisional Hernias

Imagine a balloon inside another balloon: once you break through one wall, there’s excess pressure forcing it through the other side right? That’s kind of how an incisional hernia works– tissue pokes free into those balloons! So proceed with caution when treating these critters at home- home remedies are valiant efforts just not applicable here!

Medical attention is required If left untreated, the lump becomes enlarged enough that only surgical intervention can solve it! Here are some treatments available:

Watchful Waiting

An option for people who have mild symptoms or experience little discomfort certified by their Doctor – this approach involves closely monitoring over time without medical decision requirements—here’s hoping it doesn’t burst though!


A truss looks like a plastic cup surrounded by elastic fabric designed to be worn snugly around abdomen/crotch size limits considered throughout the day. It pushes up on muscles thereby ‘propping’ up area surrounding weak point preventing protrusion outward oh goodie.

Open Repair Surgery

Under general anesthesia/local anesthesia surgeons make small cuts either above/below weakened muscle tissues sometimes making large skin flaps/purging away dead tissue while repairing defects entirely= job satisfaction level up!.

Once Dr have fixed internal organs back in place reinforcing tissue layers stitched sewn closed wearing compression garments while recovering.

Incisions from surgery must be kept clean after postoperative instructions, avoiding any pressure on weakened muscle areas throughout recovery time—can take some weeks to a few months.

Laparoscopic Surgery

Alternatively, Laparoscopic surgeries use 3-4 small incisions around the hernia with a thin tube/camera called laparoscope inserted into one of those cuts. Doctors locate hernias repair by mesh or suture instead of cutting skin flaps off – leaving scars damn near invisible-fashun statement and healing quicker than open repairs!

Most smaller incisional surgical procedures involve laproscopy where patients generally go home same day depending on Dr’s orders()


Take good care of yourself! What you don’t invest in your health has got to rebounce elsewhere (see: excessively elastic waistbands), No matter what the outcome is find out everything there is to know about how you can pre/post op care for incisional hernia. Take it easy and follow all doctor’s advice; this way, your body will thank you!

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