Epigastric Hernia

Epigastric Hernia

What is an epigastric hernia?

This is seen as a bulge occurring above the naval and below the breast bone in the midline of the upper abdomen. These hernias are usually small. It is possible to have more than one epigastric hernia at a time. This type of hernia may trap the contents within the sac (usually fat) and cause pain and tissue damage.

Causes can include: pregnancy, obesity, lifting heavy objects constantly, straining during bowel movements or persistent coughing.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include: presence of a lump or pain or discomfort


Complication risks include Obstruction and Strangulation.


A small transverse incision is made over the hernia. The hernia sac is exposed. This can either be pushed back or excised depending on its size. If the defect is small this can be stitched with non-absorbable stitches. However if the defect is largeĀ  you will have a repair with a non-absorbable mesh. The skin will be closed with absorbable stitches.

The operation will take about 30 minutes. You will be allowed home when you are comfortable.

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