Ventral or abdominal hernias occur when the intestine pushes through a weakening in the
abdominal wall. They are frequently referred to as incisional hernias because the bulge often occurs
at the site of a previous surgical incision.
Any one of these hernias may be recurrent. This means, simply, that a previously repaired hernia has returned. People with especially weak abdominal walls or multiple surgical sites may simultaneously suffer from a combination of types of hernias.
Bard® Composix® Kugel® Patch Technique
The Bard Composix Kugel patch is specifically designed for use in open ventral hernia repair because it eliminates the tension and strain on surrounding muscles and ligaments, and therefore reduces discomfort after surgery. This patch can be inserted through a relatively small incision and is designed it to lie flat against the abdominal wall and requires fewer sutures. This mesh helps healthy tissue grow and provides a strong, permanent repair.
This procedure takes an average of 1 to 2 hours to complete, and requires general anesthesia. Like any surgery, there is always a chance for complications, like infection or hernia recurrence. Your physician will discuss these with you prior to surgery.
Bard® Composix® E/X and L/P Mesh Technique
Bard Composix E/X and L/P Mesh allow for a strong repair of the abdominal wall and is specifically designed for use in laparoscopic ventral hernia repair. This repair is done with only two to four separate incisions (approximately one cm each) in the abdomen. The mesh will be pulled through one of the small punctures and fixated in place to cover the hernia defect and reinforce the weak tissue around the hernia.
On average, this minimally invasive procedure takes between one to two hours to complete. General anesthesia is required for laparoscopic hernia surgery. Like any surgery, there is always a chance for complications, like infection or hernia recurrence. Your physician will discuss these with you prior to surgery.