Ventral hernias, known as abdominal hernias, occur anywhere in the front of the abdominal wall. They usually appear in the midline. Ventral hernias typically result from a tear or division in the muscles or fascia.
They are usually composed of fat and rarely containing abdominal organs. Ventral hernias can develop as a result of an increase in intra-abdominal pressure form lifting or straining. They can also be congenital in origin.
Ventral hernias can be asymptomatic. However, they are also known to cause pain with straining. If a ventral hernia is not treated it may increase in size and may become strangulated or incarcerated.
At the Hernia Center of Southern California, we repair ventral hernias using the "tension free" mesh technique.
Ventral hernia repair can be preformed as a one-day, outpatient procedure and is performed under a local anesthesia with sedation. During ventral hernia repair, the mesh is placed underneath the weakness or hole in the abdominal wall. The mesh is tailored to extend past the outside edges of each individual hernia. This ensures the mesh will act as a sturdy platform for all new tissue growth and also as a support for the existing abdominal wall muscle. Muscles are never cut and nothing is sutured together to cause tension. The polypropylene mesh is thin and incredibly flexible and throughout the healing process will incorporate itself safely into your muscle.