Answers to Common General Surgery Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about general surgery.

What puts women at higher risk for getting a hernia after a C-section?

With most C-sections, the incision is on the lower abdomen and is made horizontally.

However, once inside, surgeons split the muscles vertically to get the baby out, according to Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians.

A hernia happens when part of an organ or internal tissue create a bulge though a weak area of muscle. It is usually in the abdomen. Though hernias after a C-section aren’t common, when they do happen it is because an organ or tissue bulges through the muscles that weakened when they were split during the surgery.

Talk to your doctor for more information about what puts women at higher risk of getting a hernia after a C-section.

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Source: James deCaestecker, DO, FACS, Gem City Surgical Associates; Daniel Taylor, MD, FACS, Miami County Surgeons; L. Stewart Lowry, MD, FACS, Miami County Surgeons; Luan Tran, MD, Miami Valley Surgery Associates; Steven Sutherin, MD, FACS, Miami Valley Surgery Associates

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