Here are answers to some of your questions about ventral hernia.
What is a ventral hernia?
A ventral hernia is a hole in the muscles of the abdominal wall that bulges out. The bulge is noticeable anywhere in the middle of the abdominal wall.
If not treated, what can happen?
Symptoms of ventral hernia such as pain or swelling are common, but there can also be nausea and/or vomiting. Surgery for this type of hernia is typically considered a cosmetic procedure since there is no risk of complications like intestinal obstruction.
How will the physician know I have a ventral hernia?
The diagnosis is generally done by physical examination. In certain cases, CT scan or MRI may confirm the diagnosis and help our surgeons plan treatment.
How can this hernia be treated?
Ventral hernias are repaired surgically, typically using a standard open repair with or without mesh.
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