Ventral hernia - Definition

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The term ventral hernia means the occurrence of an incisional hernia of the abdominal organs covered by peritoneal membrane through a non-naturally occurring abdominal orifice. The organs contained in the abdomen, and the peritoneal sac that contains them, protrude through a surgical scar or a wound. The hernia is not painful, except when the exposed portion becomes pinched, resulting in a cessation of blood flow and pain that can lead to necrosis of the gastrointestinal tract. Surgical treatment is required.