An incisional hernia is a complication of surgery that develops at the site of a previous surgical incision. An incisional hernia usually develops in the abdominal wall where the wall of the abdomen has weakened, resulting in a bulge or tear and a hernia to form. An incisional hernia may occur soon after surgery or many years later. An incisional hernia can cause pain and discomfort with even the slightest physical activity.
The only treatment option for repairing an incisional hernia is with surgery. Hernia repair surgery involves moving the organ that has been affected into place and restoring the abdominal wall to its normal state. This can often be done with a laparoscopic technique to minimize the side effects and risks of traditional open surgery. A prosthetic piece of mesh is used to seal and strengthen the area.