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Besides a visible bulge, incisional hernias might also cause fever, vomiting or other symptoms, in which case you may need incisional hernia repair surgery.
Any operation on your abdomen needs a cut that is closed with stitches. Sometimes your wound does not heal properly and a weakness happens in the muscle layer. This results in the contents of your abdomen, along with the inner layer, pushing through your abdominal muscles. This produces a lump under your skin called a hernia.
You should no longer have the hernia. Surgery should prevent serious complications and allow you to return to normal activities.
You can sometimes control the hernia with supportive clothing or simply leave it alone. It will not get better without surgery.
Your doctor will tell you when you can return to work. Do not lift anything heavy for at least 6 weeks. With regular exercise, you should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice. Most people make a full recovery and can return to normal activities. However, the hernia can come back.
An incisional hernia is a weakness in your abdominal wall, which happens when previous wounds do not heal properly. If left untreated, an incisional hernia can cause serious complications. To find out more, call us on 0808 101 0337.
Author: Mr James Catton FRCS
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