Here are answers to some of your questions about recurrent hernia.
What is a recurrent hernia?
A recurrent hernia is the result of an unsuccessful hernia repair. It is characterized by return of the bulge at or near the site of the previous hernia. It can sometimes present itself with pain, and in the event of intestines within the recurrent hernia sac, it may present with nausea and vomiting.
If not treated, what can happen?
There are potential complications of the intestines being trapped (incarcerated hernia), digestive obstruction or a dangerous cut-off of blood supply to the intestines (strangulated hernia).
How will the physician know if I have recurrent hernia?
CT scans or MRI is usually necessary to confirm the diagnosis of a recurrent hernia.
How can this hernia be treated?
Surgery is required to repair the recurrence and prevent hernia enlargement. Unfortunately, every time a recurrence occurs, the success rate of the corresponding repair goes down. The Beth Israel Hernia Center has a great deal of experience and very good outcomes with successfully—and finally—repairing recurrent hernias. Many surgeons don’t like to deal with recurrent hernia, but the surgeons at our center welcome these challenges. The specifics of the recurrent hernia repair will be dependent on the primary type of hernia that has recurred.
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