Abdominal wall and incisional hernias

Abdominal wall and incisional hernias generally occur after an operation. They are usually caused by tears in body tissue.

An abdominal wall hernia requires prompt surgical treatment as there is the risk of protrusion of the peritoneum and parts of the intestine can bulge outwards. Surgical treatment generally involves mesh implantation using the well-established sublay technique.

The same applies for incisional hernias: they tend to occur after gastric surgery and are amongst the most common complications. The cause is usually impaired wound healing but also obesity. In this case, prompt surgical treatment is key to avoid unnecessary risks.