Incisional hernias result from the breakdown of a previous surgical closure, generally caused by tension. The result is an unsightly bulge, which, if left alone, can lead to numerous complications, including bowel obstruction and strangulation. These hernias can reach massive proportions over time and consequently should be repaired when they are first diagnosed.
For the small incisional hernias, the Shouldice approach works very well. For the much larger defects, the Modified Shouldice Repair bridges the tissue approximation with a small mesh to reinforce the repair. Our unique repair avoids the need to dissect the intestines or other organs protruding with the hernia thereby allowing the repair to be performed on an outpatient basis. Recovery is far quicker in comparison to laparoscopic techniques that often require six weeks or more.
As a result of our extensive experience with these types of hernias and our specialized repair technique, we have successfully repaired hundreds of patients with multiple previous failures. Little wonder that so many patients with incisional hernias from all over this country have chosen the Hernia Center of Ohio for their surgery.