Incisional Wall Hernia Repair


Cause / Condition
An incisional hernia may occur at the site of an old surgical incision, anywhere on the abdomen, and/or a recurrent hernia can occur at a previous hernia site. Painful surgical adhesions may also develop over time.


Laparoscopic repair for these conditions can be accomplished without having to re-incise at the original site.


About the Procedure
The surgical approach to access the affected area is started transabdominally, allowing the surgeon to accomplish either another repair or remove the adhesions. As in laparoscopic herniorrphaphy, specially designed instruments are used for cutting, repair and suturing.



Post-operative recovery pain is minimal and the small incisions heal quickly. Laparoscopic incisional wall repair is a same-day procedure.



Expectations / Experience
The patient will have temporary discomfort and tenderness around the incisions but can expect to resume normal activities soon after surgery (full activities in 2 weeks) and return to work in 4-5 days.



Factor Traditional Laparoscopic
Hospital Stay Same day Same day
Pain during recovery Moderate Minimal
Return to work timeframe 2-3 weeks 4-5 days
Cosmetic results 5" scar 3 tiny incisions

For more information contact:

The Milwaukee Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee
2301 N. Lake Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53211

(800) 377-2673

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