Ventral Hernia

Symptoms and Treatments of Ventral Hernia

A ventral hernia is an often misdiagnosed condition in which a portion of the abdominal wall has weakened to the point that part of the bowels or intestines are able to poke through. There are many things that can cause a ventral hernia including heavy lifting, pregnancy, excessive coughing and obesity. Depending on the exact location of the hernia, the condition can be quite serious, requiring immediate attention and emergency surgery.

Below are some of the symptoms of a ventral hernia.


The most obvious symptom of this hernia is a lump that protrudes from the abdomen. It may or may not be painful. In some cases, the lump can be put back into place by pushing on it. Even if that is the case, medical attention is still required.

Abdominal Tenderness

This may be in the same area as the lump, but could be in other parts of the abdomen as well.

Distention in the Abdomen

Abdominal distention describes fluid that accumulates in the abdominal area.

Other symptoms may include vomiting, fever, constipation and increased heart rate.

Of course, many of the above symptoms could be attributable to many conditions. If you are experiencing the symptoms, you should visit your doctor so that a proper diagnosis can be made. If, in fact, you do have a ventral hernia, it will likely be treated in one of the following ways.


In some cases, the treatment may involve using a truss in order to correct the weakness that is causing the hernia. While this can provide temporary relief of the symptoms, the only permanent fix is through the use of surgery.


Surgery to repair a ventral hernia is often done with the use of a laparoscopic procedure. This means less scarring and shorter healing time. Still, this is a fairly important surgery and, since it involves the abdominal area, it is essential that proper rest and care be taken following the surgery.

Some people assume that if they have a lump in their abdomen that it must be a hernia. While a good number of such lumps do, in fact, turn out to be hernias, not all do. There are other possible explanations for such lumps including tumors of enlarged lymph nodes.

What is certain is that it is not normal to have a lump or lumps on your abdomen. For that reason, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible if you notice any lumps.

Only your doctor can correctly diagnose and treat a ventral hernia. If you wait to seek treatment, you risk the chance of complications resulting from the hernia. The sooner you receive treatment, the better.

Some put off visiting the doctor because they fear the surgery that may follow. Keep in mind that, as mentioned above, the surgery, in most cases, can be done with a laparoscopic. While still a major surgery, it is far less invasive that the same type of surgery would have been in times past.

One thing is for sure, the surgery is a much better option than failing to seek treatment for your ventral hernia and then having to live with the complications of that choice.