HOW COMMON ARE THEY?

An Incisional Hernia is a hernia that occurs through a previously made incision in the abdominal wall, ie the scar left from a previous surgical operation.The incision will have been made in order to get to an internal organ such as the appendix, or a caesarian section.

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ARE INCISIONAL HERNIAS DANGEROUS?

As with all hernias, if the hernia strangulates, i.e. the hernia contents (the intestine) get trapped and lose their blood supply, which is very dangerous.

WHY DO THEY OCCUR?

This is the most common hernia(about 70% of all hernias are inguinal hernias). They occur in the groin, the small area of the lower abdomen on each side just above the line separating the abdomen and the legs, and around the pubic bone.

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HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE AN INGUINAL HERNIA?

You may see or feel a lump, bulge or swelling under the skin. It may be a bit uncomfortable. The swelling will often disappear completely when you lie down, as the contents of the hernia sac slip back through the hole into the abdomen. It may also be aggravated by coughing, sneezing, etc.

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WHAT SHOULD I DO?

See a doctor to confirm the diagnosis. The doctor will examine you (normally very simply) to confirm and will refer you to see a surgeon, ideally one who specialises in hernia.