Ventral/Incisional Hernia

A ventral or incisional hernia is a defect in the muscle that develops at the site of a previous surgical incision.

This defect allows part of the intestine to push the abdominal defect, causing a visible bulge.

Hernias may develop around the navel, groin, or any other region where a previous surgical incision has been made in the abdomen.


Ventral hernias cause the same symptoms as inguinal hernias including:

  • Burning, gurgling, or aching sensation at the site of the bulge
  • Pain or discomfort in the groin
  • Weakness or pressure in the groin
  • Inflammation in the scrotum surrounding the testicles may develop in men
  • Bowel problems

An incisional hernia may be painless, but it could cause discomfort during any type of physical strain, such as while lifting heavy objects, during bowel movements, or while coughing. 

Our team repairs


hernias a year.


Like inguinal hernias, ventral hernias are very serious and carry the same risk of trapped bowel (incarceration) and strangulation.

Surgical Treatment

Ventral and incisional hernias can be repaired through laparoscopic and open surgery with small or larger incisions, and your surgeon will determine which approach is better for you. A synthetic mesh is usually placed.