In a previous blog post, we introduced ventral incisional hernias and how to repair these using an open approach. Our earlier simulation on Touch Surgery™, Open Retromuscular Repair of a Ventral Incisional Hernia, focused on the open surgical approach to mending a midline ventral hernia.
Touch Surgery™ is proud to present a new hernia simulation, Laparoscopic IPOM Repair of a Recurrent Ventral Incisional Hernia, illustrating ventral hernia repair using the intraperitoneal onlay mesh (IPOM) method. This educational simulation is available for free now on the Touch Surgery™ mobile app.
Touch Surgery™ thanks Ben Griffiths, M.D., consultant colorectal surgeon at Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust, for his authorship of this simulation. The surgical video featured in this simulation was provided thanks to Filip Muysoms, M.D., abdominal wall surgeon at Hernia Centrum Gent.
What is a ventral incisional hernia?
Surgical incisions can become a weak point on the abdomen after healing. Strenuous activity or weight gain can worsen the weak point, allowing internal tissues to protrude. This is called a ventral incisional hernia. Ventral incisional hernias are fairly common, developing after 15% to 20% of laparotomies.2
Ventral incisional hernias may start as a painless, reducible abdominal bulge. They always require surgery to treat definitively. If left untreated, the hernia may grow larger, and may lead to bowel incarceration, obstruction or strangulation.