Assessing Ventral Hernias

Ventral hernias are hernias in the abdominal wall exclusive of groin hernias. If you suspect but do not see an umbilical or incisional hernia, ask the patient to raise both head and shoulders off the table.

The bulge of a hernia will usually appear with this action (see p. 360).

Inguinal and femoral hernias are discussed in the next chapter. They can give The cause of intestinal obstruction rise to important abdominal problems and must not be overlooked. or peritonitis may be missed by overlooking a strangulated femoral hernia.

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