Despite the surgeon's best efforts, occasionally a hernia will come back; this is called a 'recurrent' hernia. This can occur many years after the initial operation.
Surgical repair of a recurrent hernia is usually more difficult than repairing it first time round but is often still possible as a day-case procedure.
An incisional hernia is a hernia that occurs through a previous surgical scar; this can be a scar from any abdominal operation, for example on the bowel, kidney, stomach, gallbladder, liver, pancreas etc.
The size of an incisional hernia can vary from small to very large. The operations to repair these hernias similarly vary from relatively straightforward to fairly complex, often requiring several days in hospital afterwards.
All four HPB consultant surgeons can be contacted as follows:
Care UK, Plymouth
0333 321 1953
Please contact us at the hospital where you are being treated. We shall do our best to answer your queries as quickly as possible.
We have tried to be as accurate as possible with the information in this website.
However, each patient is different, so some information may not apply to your specific circumstances.