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Incisional Hernia

Symptoms and Signs of Incisional Hernia

Symptoms of an incisional hernia include pain, pressure, swelling, and fever. Signs of this type of hernia are found during the examination process, such as bulging near the surgical scar, visible protrusion of internal tissue, organ, intestine, muscle, and/or fatty contents, and bleeding. The most common hernias exhibit symptoms and signs that resemble each other. Fortunately, these common types of symptoms and signs of hernias can help doctors to detect an incisional hernia due to this hernia resulting from a complication of surgery.
The following symptoms and signs of an incisional hernia include: 
  • Fever
  • Infection
  • Bulging (palpable lump and/or mass on surgical scar)
  • Visible protrusion (see internal segment poking out of surgical wound)
  • Pain
  • Aching
  • Swelling
  • Foul-smelling drainage
  • Redness and/or red streaks (sign of infection) 
  • Bowel obstruction (strangulation of intestines)
  • Symptoms related to compromised organ (digestive disorders and jaundice due to protrusion of liver)
If any of the preceding symptoms and signs occur after surgery, contact a doctor at Florida Hospital to get screened right away. If these symptoms cause airway, breathing, and cardiac issues, call 9-1-1 immediately.  

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