If you have had abdominal surgery, you are at risk to develop an incisional hernia, also known as a ventral hernia. This type of hernia only occurs after such a surgery, and the more abdominal surgeries you experience, the higher your risk to develop one.
A ventral hernia is sometimes referred to as an “incisional” hernia, meaning it forms at the site of a past surgical incision. This is true but can be misleading since there are many other factors involved in why a ventral hernia occurs.
The fundamental cause of a ventral hernia is a weakened abdominal wall where a bulge of tissues is able to push through, and it can happen anywhere in the abdomen.
Here is some helpful information about the signs, risk factors, and seriousness of a ventral hernia.