What is a Ventral Hernia?
It is an abnormal protrusion or hernia within the abdomen. This is a discomforting disorder and is very difficult to treat. However, it can be cured.
Ventral Hernia – Signs and Symptoms
In healthy individuals, an abdominal organ is hidden from view and surrounded by body tissues and muscles within the cavity. In Ventral Hernia patients there is an unnatural protuberance of an organ inside the organ, such as the bowel or the intestine, through the cavity. The organ protrudes through the abdominal wall and can be seen from outside as a bulge.
Ventral Hernia patients usually suffer from the following difficulties:
What is Ventral Incisional Hernia?
It is a protrusion that occurs when an old surgical wound fails to heal properly.
Ventral Hernia - Causes
It may arise due to one or more of the following factors:
Ventral Hernia - Treatment
Early treatment is important for patients of Ventral Hernia, as it is a serious disorder. Medical cure is needed on an immediate basis in case of a Strangulated Hernia. Cure mainly involves surgical treatment.
Ventral Hernia – Surgery
Ventral Hernia repair is possible only through one of the following operative methods:
Abdominal Ventral Hernia Operation or Herniorrhaphy
The process involves making a large incision in the affected region to replace the enlarged organ and providing support to the abdominal muscles. Recovery time after this surgery is typically a long one. Patients usually take many years to recover.
Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair
Laparoscopes, or small endoscopes fitted with tiny cameras, are used for surgical repairing. The apparatus is inserted through a tiny incision on the abdomen.
Tension free muscle repair
In some patients, synthetic material or meshes are used to support the weakened abdominal tissues in position and keep them from tearing while being stretched.
What is an Incarcerated Ventral Hernia?
It is a type of Ventral Hernia that does not go back into its original cavity after a protuberance. In such cases, a part of the intestine gets stuck in an aperture in the abdominal wall. The blood supply to the protruded intestinal tissue is reduced and it begins to die as a consequence, causing much pain and discomfort (such as nausea) to sufferers. The bulge often gets enlarged while lifting, straining, coughing or even laughing. The hernia gets swollen and tender and cannot be pushed back into the cavity. It needs emergency surgical cure.
Ventral Hernia Pictures
The photos below would help you get an idea of the abdominal appearance in case of a Ventral Hernia.
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