chapter  4
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Repair of incisional hernia

ByAlexander Munro, Kevin Cassar

Unfortunately, incisional hernia is a relatively common clinical problem after abdominal surgery. This complication has been reported in up to 11% of patients after open abdominal operations.1 Most hernias occur in midline abdominal incisions since these are currently the most commonly used incisions for open abdominal procedures. An incisional hernia is defined as a bulge, both visible and palpable, through a previous abdominal incision. They may vary in size from a few millimetres to many centimetres and there may be single or multiple defects.