June 12, 2019
Chair of the Creighton School of Medicine Department of Surgery, Dr. Robert Fitzgibbons is researching abdominal incisional hernias that occur in patients after surgery.
When a person has an operation of the abdomen, Fitzgibbons says that between 15-20 percent of the time a hernia will develop through the incision that was made.
An abdominal hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall. Organs can protrude through this hole, which can be very painful.
Some hernias occur after surgery through the incision when surgery fails to heal and the muscle separates. This results in a hole beneath the skin that organs can protrude through.
But the most feared complication is a strangulation of an organ that gets caught at the neck of the hernia and loses its blood supply.