Dr. Timothy ColeSurgery

Symptoms of a Ventral Hernia?

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A ventral hernia most commonly is associated with a swelling, or bulge, at the site of the hernia.
Discomfort or pain at the site of the ventral hernia can occur.  Sometimes the hernia is painless.
Pain is common if the ventral hernia is incarcerated.  A strangulated hernia is most always painful.
With strangulation of a ventral hernia, there can be nausea, vomiting and swelling of the abdomen.
Discoloration of the skin overlying the hernia is common with strangulation.  
Ventral hernias are typically repaired surgically to avoid the potential complications from a strangulated hernia.