An incisional hernia can occur after surgery in the belly. It can happen months or even years after surgery. Most of the time, it occurs along a vertical (up and down) incision. This type of hernia can occur in people who:
- Are very overweight.
- Are older.
- Have used steroid medicines.
- Have had lung problems after surgery.
- Have had a wound infection after surgery or have had more than one surgery using the same incision.
An incisional hernia can be large and painful. Talk with your doctor about your treatment choices.