What Causes a Ventral Hernia?
A ventral hernia can occur as a defect that a person is born with, where the muscles do not completely come together and there is a hole (i.e., hernia) left.
A type of ventral hernia, called an incisional hernia, may form in the place where an incision has been made on the abdomen in the past.
Hernias tend to enlarge over time, and can become life-threatening if they become strangulated.
Since ventral hernias can become something very serious, they are most often surgically repaired. They should always be evaluated by a physician.