Having an abdominal wall hernia repaired will not only relieve bothersome or painful symptoms, but it can also prevent future complications from occurring. If left untreated, hernias can lead to an obstruction of the intestines that can become life-threatening and cause a need for emergent surgery. Abdominal wall hernia repair can often lead to an improved quality of life and appearance.
A trained physician is generally able to diagnose a hernia during a routine exam. In most cases, other tests will not be necessary unless they will directly impact the type of repair the patient will be offered.
A CT scan (CAT scan) may be of value in complex hernias or helping your surgeon determine the best method of repair.
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