Typical Patient Senarios

Hernias can affect all kinds of people, and everyone's story is a little different. Even so, There are many common factors that may be familiar to individuals who experience a hernia. These senarios explain what might happen in the case of of a typical hernia patient, based on situations that common occur.


Scenarios not based on real-life patient events, but on situations that may occur.

Meet Louisa: She had a ventral hernia

It was like another bout of appendicitis.

About five months after Louisa’s appendectomy, she felt a pain in her lower abdomen during yoga. It was almost like another bout of appendicitis, but how could that be? She didn’t have an appendix! The pain was worse if she stood up straight, and she noticed a bulge in the area. She thought something was wrong, and she went to the doctor right away.

Other Patient Senarios

The pain turned out to be a ventral hernia. It’s called an incisional hernia, and can happen at the site of any previous surgery in the abdomen. Louisa’s appendectomy had left a weak spot in her abdominal wall, which had given way to a hernia.

It was a good thing they caught the problem right away.

Louisa wasn’t thrilled about having to schedule another surgery, but her doctor said it was a good thing that they caught the problem right away. They could fix the hernia with a small, flexible mesh that would work with the body to create a strong hold over the tear. The small mesh would also be partially absorbed during the healing process. This sounded good to Louisa. She didn’t want to have to worry about her hernia, and she didn’t want to have some large piece of material left inside her body after the surgery. When the surgery date was set, her doctor told her to relax until then.

She didn’t want to worry about her hernia.

When she got to the hospital, Louisa remembered how she felt when she’d gone in for her appendicitis. This time, she was a lot more confident, because she knew what to expect from the experience. Her surgeon repaired her ventral hernia laparoscopically, and the three incisions in her abdomen were very small. Louisa had to rest for about a day after the surgery, but just like her appendix operation, the procedure didn’t keep her down for long.

Once she was back home, Louisa followed the doctor’s orders. She walked around her house and was careful not to strain herself. Within a few days, she felt more energetic, and the pain dissipated.

Risks and Complications

All surgical procedures are associated with some risk. Talk to your surgeon prior to surgery about possible risks and complications.