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Conditions We Treat: Ventral (Abdominal) Hernia

A ventral (abdominal) hernia is any protrusion of intestine or other tissue through a weakness or gap in the anterior abdominal wall. Umbilical and incisional hernias are specific and common types of ventral hernias.

Ventral Hernia: What You Need to Know

Ventral hernia
  • The cause of a ventral hernia can differ depending on its location, as well as your medical history, health and personal anatomy.
  • The most common causes of ventral hernias are activities that raise the pressure within the abdominal walls. These include heavy lifting, pregnancy or chronic coughing but can also result from injury or surgery.
  • Treatment for ventral hernias consists of one of two types of surgeries: herniorrhaphy (open hernia repair) or laparoscopy (minimally invasive).

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Why choose Johns Hopkins for ventral hernias?

Our Physicians


Rely on the expertise of our surgeons to diagnose and repair ventral hernias.

Eva's Story

Eva Sherman Hejazi

Read how multiple hernia repair allowed Eva to get back to her normal life.

Our Patient Education

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Dr. Hien Nguyen, director of the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Hernia Center, answers some of the most frequently asked questions about common hernias.

Common Hernia Diagnosis and Treatment

Women and Hernias

Minimally Invasive Hernia Surgery 

Ventral Hernia Repair with Dr. Coker and Dr. Zosa