Having the symptoms of incisional hernia and your professional's diagnosis can determine your suitability for incisional hernia repair.
Preparation starts with, speaking to your professional about your medical histories like the conditions you have and your medications. Then, leaving blood-thinners like aspirins days beforehand about your treatment. For the other preparations, you should speak out with your professional.
Incisional hernia repair surgery is performed by two methods: Traditional and Laparoscopy. Creating a new incision to move the organ back to abdomen and closing it with mesh is the traditional method but since it is an open surgery, it has a higher risk of infection than laparoscopy (a thin tube with a camera) has. On the other hand, laparoscopic hernia repair needed an accomplished professional. Therefore – choose wisely.
The recovery period of hernia surgery is somewhat long. 2 to 5 days of hospital stay is awaited after your surgery. In addition to that, approximately 4 weeks of rest as being apart from work and sport is a must need for you to heal appropriately. Also to prevent the hernia from developing again, a special compression belt needed to be wear in this recovery period.
Repeated emergence of hernia is the most frequently seen complication of the repair. It makes the new surgery a requirement. Also, the infection may be another complication but is uncommon, especially if laparoscopy was the method of repair. Nerve damage or intestine damage are some uncommon cases that can result from the repair as well
No other side effect is seen beside the requirement of compression belt and avoidance of exhausting work.
As the techniques developing, the success rate of this repair seems moderate for now. Symptoms of hernia reappearance and requirement of surgery are 40% of former patients. However, it does not mean that you can resign from having your hernia operated. Still, leaving your hernia untreated, will eventually make your hernia strangulated and endanger your health and life.
After incisional hernia repair, you should feel much better – after all, your appearance is improved, and you do not need to worry about possible complications related to this medical condition.
What is the Difference between Incisional Hernia and Other Hernias?
Other types of hernias are resulting from damage to your abdominal wall, whereas an incisional hernia is resulting from your former medical treatments and the incisions that healed incorrectly.
What is Better: Laparoscopic Hernia Repair or Classic Hernia Repair? There is no ultimate "better" and "worse" in this case. For some patients, laparoscopic hernia repair is better while in another classical method will bring better results. Moreover, extra expertise inability and care from your professional is required for laparoscopic hernia repair.
Can I Leave My Hernia Untreated? You can, but it is not a reasonable choice. The untreated incisional hernia will sooner or later turn into a strangulated hernia, which is a serious medical condition, leading to health problems and in extreme cases – to death.
This content is written and reviewed by our medical content team in August, 2019.