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Ventral Hernia Specialist

Advanced Surgical of North Texas

General Surgery located in McKinney, TX

In the early stages, a ventral hernia may not cause any discomfort, but you may experience pain from the bulging tissue after lifting something heavy or during a bowel movement. Ventral hernias don’t get better on their own, so they require surgical intervention. At Advanced Surgical of North Texas in McKinney, Texas, the experienced general surgery team specializes in ventral hernia surgery and uses many surgical approaches to repair the bulging tissue. To schedule a consultation with the surgical experts, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Ventral Hernia Q & A

What is a ventral hernia?

A ventral hernia is a type of hernia that develops along your midline, which is the vertical center along your abdomen. The types of ventral hernias include:

Epigastric hernia

An epigastric hernia occurs anywhere between the bottom of your breastbone and belly button. Both men and women develop these types of hernias.

Umbilical hernia

An umbilical hernia is a bulging that develops at your belly button. Only about one in 10 abdominal hernias are umbilical hernias.

Incisional hernia

An incisional hernia occurs at a previous surgical site. One-third of patients who have abdominal surgery develop an incisional hernia. 

What are the symptoms of a ventral hernia?

Ventral hernia symptoms may vary in type and severity. Initially, you may not even realize you have a hernia until you try to lift something heavy. Common signs and symptoms of a ventral hernia include:

  • Pain or discomfort in the abdominal area
  • Bulging in the abdominal wall
  • Enlargement of the bulging
  • Worsening abdominal pain when lifting, sneezing, coughing, or straining
  • Fullness or pressure in the abdominal area

If a portion of your small intestines is bulging through the weakness in your abdominal wall, you may experience severe abdominal pain. This condition requires immediate medical attention to prevent irreparable damage to your intestinal tract. 

How is a ventral hernia diagnosed?

The team at Advanced Surgical of North Texas evaluates your abdomen when you come to the office with concerns about a bulge in your abdomen. They conduct a thorough medical and physical examination to diagnose your hernia. In some cases, diagnostic imaging tests, such as an abdominal ultrasound or CT scan, are performed if a ventral hernia cannot be felt during a physical exam. 

How is a ventral hernia treated?

The experienced surgical team at Advanced Surgical of North Texas specializes in ventral hernia repair. Surgical options include open surgery or a minimally invasive approach.

Open approach

The open surgical approach is a traditional surgical method. During the surgery, your surgeon makes an incision through your abdomen to repair your hernia and place mesh to prevent a recurrence.

Minimally invasive approach

Advanced Surgical of North Texas uses the advanced da Vinci® robotic surgical system to perform a minimally invasive ventral hernia repair. 

Is the placement of mesh safe?

The surgical experts at Advanced Surgical of North Texas find that many patients have some anxiety when they mention the word “mesh” prior to ventral hernia surgery. Mesh is a material that reinforces your abdominal wall and has been used for ventral hernia repair for decades. 

Placement of mesh is the standard of care for the prevention of a hernia recurrence. With a mesh repair, the recurrence rate is only 1-5%. With a traditional repair without mesh, the recurrence rate of a ventral hernia is closer to 50%. 

When using a robotic approach, the team at Advanced Surgical of North Texas covers the mesh with your body’s own tissue to prevent issues.

To schedule a consultation for your ventral hernia with the surgeons at Advanced Surgical of North Texas, call the office or use the online scheduling tool.