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Imaging for Incisional Median Abdominal Wall Hernias

Incisional hernias (IHs), which are hernias that occur through a surgical scar in the anterior abdominal wall, are serious and common complications of abdominal surgery [4,5]. IHs occur in 0.5%–23% of patients after abdominal surgery [1,2,4,5,7]; their reported prevalence may be as high as 41% after aortic surgery [2]. IHs can give rise to serious morbidity, such as strangulation and incarceration, in 6%–14.6% of cases [4].