About Ventral Hernia

A ventral hernia is a bulge that develops in a weak part of the abdominal wall. Tissues and even intestines may protrude into the hernia sac, which can cause discomfort and eventually make surgery necessary. At miVIP Surgery Centers, minimally invasive hernia repair is available to patients who do suffer from large or painful hernias.
The risk of ventral hernia is greater after abdominal surgery, which means that there may be more people who suffer from these hernias today than in the past. However, technology to repair ventral hernias has improved. At miVIP, surgery is performed in a way that minimizes pain and inconvenience for every patient.

Ventral Hernia Statistics

The University of California San Francisco Medical Center reports that more than one in four people who have abdominal surgery later develops a ventral hernia. Sometimes the condition takes years to develop, while other times it occurs very soon after surgery.

Causes and Risk Factors

Ventral hernias develop when there is a weak point in the muscles of the abdominal wall. Sometimes, the condition develops at birth if the wall did not close properly. Often, though, the condition develops in adults at the site of a surgical incision that did not heal fully.

Common Symptoms of Ventral Hernia

Some ventral hernias are very difficult to detect, while others are fairly apparent. People who have the condition may notice the following:
  • A visible bulge in the abdominal wall that becomes worse when stomach muscles are strained
  • Tenderness, discomfort or pain
  • Swelling or discoloration
  • Nausea, fever, and vomiting in extreme cases when the hernia tissue becomes cut off
In less severe cases, when symptoms are mild or a protrusion is not visible, medical imaging can confirm whether a patient has a ventral hernia. Although some hernias do not require immediate treatment, minimally invasive hernia repair is usually needed at some point, as hernias can grow larger and more painful over time.

Treatment Options

Ventral hernia repair can restore the tissue inside the hernia to its normal position. During minimally invasive hernia repair, the surgeon makes a small incision and then moves the tissue contained in the hernia sac back to the appropriate position. Additional stitching or a wire mesh can be used to fortify the weak spot where the hernia developed, reducing the likelihood of the hernia returning.

Ventral Hernia Prognosis

The prognosis is positive for people who have ventral hernia repair surgery early. The National Institutes of Health report that only 1 to 3 percent of hernias return after surgery. Since the surgery is minimally invasive, the risk of other complications is also small.

At miVIP Surgery Centers, we are committed to providing patients with all of the information necessary to help them through the surgical decision and process. If you have any questions about ventral hernias or minimally invasive hernia repair, please call us today at 855-496-4847.


Minimally Invasive Hernia Repair