Symptoms of a Ventral Hernia

Any signs you may have a ventral hernia can take weeks or months to show up. Once you begin to have symptoms, it’s best to have it treated before it can grow larger or there are other complications. What are the signs you may have a ventral hernia?

If you have any signs or symptoms of a ventral hernia, please call our office in Homer Glen at (708) 364-0441. A member of our friendly staff will be happy to help you schedule your consultation with Dr. Vasdekas or Dr. Rapciak.


Call us at (708) 364-0441


Telltale Signs Of A Ventral Hernia

An early sign of a ventral hernia is a bulge in your abdomen. It can become more noticeable and painful when you are exercising, lifting anything heavy, coughing, standing up, or straining during a bowel movement.

It usually forms in the abdominal wall along the vertical center due to a weakness in the abdominal muscles. Portions of the intestines or abdominal tissue protrude into the gap.

Ventral hernias do not heal on their own and need surgical intervention.

Types Of Ventral Hernias

There are three types of ventral hernias based on their location and cause.

  • Incisional hernias develop at the site of a previous surgical incision. This can occur shortly after a surgery or years after a procedure.
  • Epigastric hernias are located between the lower breast bone and the navel.
  • Umbilical hernias develop near and around the navel.

Most Common Risk Factors For Developing A Ventral Hernia

A weakness in the abdominal wall is the prime reason we develop a hernia. Many cases occur at the site of a previous surgery and incision thereby weakening the abdominal muscles and making them susceptible to injury or strain.

The following are risk factors leading to a ventral hernia:

  • Old age
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Severe vomiting
  • Lifting heavy objects over a long period of time.

Treatment for a Ventral Hernia in Homer Glen, Illinois

You should make an appointment with Dr. Vasdekas or Dr. Rapciak when you begin to notice symptoms of a ventral hernia. As mentioned previously, it won’t go away on its own. Be mindful of additional symptoms which can make your hernia more serious and increase complications.

Call Advanced Surgical Consultants immediately if you have nausea and vomiting, severe pain, or redness at the site of the hernia. This could indicate a complication.

The longer you wait to have your hernia treated, it can grow larger and make it more difficult to fix.

If you suspect you have a ventral hernia, call Advanced Surgical Consultants in Homer Glen, IL at (708) 364-0441 and schedule your consultation today!