What is Ventral Hernia?


Ventral Hernia is a medical condition in which a hernia occurs inside the wall of the abdomen. The ventral hernia occurs usually in the area where a surgical incision was made previously. The muscles in this area of the abdomen have become weak and therefore, a tear or a bulge occurs which causes a medical condition which is known as ventral hernia. This tear or bulge is then penetrated by an inner tube in the abdomen. When the abdomen’s inner lining penetrates through the tear or bulge in the abdominal wall, the area swells and forms a sac-like structure. This problem becomes very severe and often fatal if the intestines and other abdominal matter gets stuck in this sac.
This makes the situation a lot more worse as the intestines and abdominal matters start to become congested and can also kill a person. The ventral hernia can also develop at other parts of the abdominal wall areas like the belly button (umbilicus) etc. In case of ventral hernia, one must get instant treatment and must not delay this as it can possess a serious threat to your life.

How to know if you have a Ventral Hernia?

It is surprisingly hard to detect a ventral hernia because it does not usually hurt, however, it is a pretty serious health condition. You may feel a bulge on your abdominal region and other small signs that not many people put a lot of stress on. If you feel pain while lifting heavy objects or when you are urinating, if you have problems with bowel movements, coughing and if you have problems standing or sitting for long durations, you must get yourself checked for ventral hernia.
In more severe and advanced cases, you may feel redness, irritation and inflammation and a dull pain in your abdominal region as a result on the ventral hernia. In case your intestines and other abdominal contents are trapped inside the sac, you feel have vomits and nausea frequently. This condition requires immediate attention from a doctor.

How is Ventral Hernia treated through Laparoscopic Repair?

Laparoscopic ventral hernia repair is basically a way to treat ventral hernias. It is a technique in which the tears and bulges in the abdominal wall are fixed and patched up by using small incisions. Small telescopes called laparoscopes are inserted inside the abdominal wall where the hernia has occurred and the abdominal wall is then patched up by using a mesh or a screen. Laparoscopic ventral hernia repair is a safe and effective way to treat ventral hernia at a fast rate. It decreases the pain of the patient and allows him/ her to continue the routine life activities fast.
Laparoscopic ventral hernia repair is a very common procedure practiced around the world. Only in the USA, around 350,000-500,000 laparoscopic ventral hernia repair procedures are performed every year. Laparoscopic ventral hernia repair is a dependable and safe procedure which usually results in positive outcomes. It decreases the pain of the patient and helps them to continue their everyday activities easily.

Disclaimer: Information provided in this article is for general knowledge purposes only. It is, in no means, a replacement for your doctor’s advice. Please consult your doctor and surgeon with your particular case for effective treatment and recovery of your condition.