An epigastric hernia is treated with surgery to repair the opening in the abdomen wall that runs between the breastbone and naval. Most epigastric hernia surgery can be scheduled; emergency surgery is rare. There are two types of hernia surgery - herniorrhaphy (one long incision) and laparoscopy (several small incisions). Having more than one epigastric hernia or severe symptoms can influence which surgery is used to treat your hernia.
- Q Are epigastric hernias life-threatening?
- Q What are the symptoms of an epigastric hernia?
- Q What increases my risk for an epigastric hernia?
- Q How do other illnesses affect epigastric hernias?
- Q Should I talk to my doctor about my epigastric hernia symptoms?
- Q What should I know to care for someone with an epigastric hernia?