Incisional Hernia

An incisional hernia is a protrusion of abdominal contents through a previously made incision in the abdominal wall that has failed to heal properly and has come apart. The incision would have initially been made during abdominal surgery, for instance bowel surgery.

Very rarely the hernia contents (the intestine) get trapped and lose their blood supply, requiring emergency surgery. This is known as a strangulated hernia and can be very dangerous. The best course of action is to seek immediate treatment; otherwise the hernia will almost certainly get bigger and probably become more and more unsightly and uncomfortable.

Causes of incisional hernia

An Incisional Hernia occurs when abdominal contents protrude through an incision in the abdominal wall that was made during previous surgical operation. When conducting an operation a surgeon will make an incision to reach a patient’s internal organs. Once the operation is finished the surgeon will then close the layers of the abdominal wall with stitches. If the closure fails to heal properly or the stitches come apart over time, an Incisional Hernia can occur.

Incisional hernia symptoms

The main feature of an Incisional Hernia is a bulge under the skin, close to or beneath the incision scar. In many cases hernias are either painless or produce an occasional ‘ache’ after activity. In some cases however the pain will be quite marked

Incisional hernia treatment

There are two standard methods of Incisional Hernia repair, the open technique or laparoscopic surgery. The treatment method administered is dependent on the nature of hernia, the desired outcome, a balance of risks and benefits, the patient and the surgeon. The type of repair is always tailored to the patient’s case.

Incisional hernia surgery timeline

At London Hernia we offer rapid access/turnaround from consultation to surgery. With a wealth of talented surgeons and slots readily available in our state-of-the-art theatres, we can work around your schedule to ensure you enjoy a swift return to full health. For the next available surgery slot we recommend contacting our specialist team.

Is incisional hernia treatment optional?

Incisional Hernias almost inevitably enlarge over time so should therefore be repaired sooner rather than later. As many hernias do not produce any side affects the temptation is to ignore them. It It is therefore vital you seek treatment before the problem worsens. The larger the Incisional Hernia gets, the more difficult it is for a surgeon to carry out successful surgery.

Contact us

To ask a question about an Incisional Hernia or to book an appointment with one of our consultants you can call us on  020 3370 1014 or email us at londonhernia@hje.org.uk.

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Hernia Clinic

The Hernia Unit provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of all hernia types and can offer a number of surgery options depending on the individual needs of each patient.

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If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information, get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 020 3370 1014.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have health insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa Health, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation before any treatment, and in most cases you will also require a referral letter from your GP.

If you are not registered with a GP, we have an in-house private GP practice you can use. Alternatively, we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstances.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRIs, a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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