Published: 2020-09-23

Is it safe to combine ventral hernia repair with bariatric surgery?

Ashok Kumar Mathur, Praveen Kumar Mathur


Obesity is one of the important precipitating factors for primary and incisional ventral hernias. There is controversy regarding the optimal time and method of repair of abdominal wall hernias in patients undergoing bariatric surgery. We reviewed our series of 250 patients who underwent bariatric surgery over 6 years period. 7 morbidly obese patients undergoing bariatric surgery had simultaneous ventral hernia repair. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) in 2 patients and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) were done in 5 patients. 6 patients had primary midline paraumbilical hernia and 1 patient had large recurrent incisional hernia. Open intraperitoneal onlay mesh (IPOM) repair was done in 5 cases with hernia defect <5 cm. Sutured repair was done in 1 patient, recurrence occurred after 3 months. IPOM repair was done 6 months later after significant weight loss. 1 patient of large incisional hernia (10 cm defect) with cholelithiasis underwent open mesh hernioplasty and panniculectomy. Postoperative seroma occurred in one patient, it subsided after repeated aspirations. After average follow up of over 2 years there has been no recurrence.


Morbid obesity, Laparoscopic bariatric surgery, RYGB, LSG, Ventral hernia, Incisional hernia, Recurrence, Panniculectomy

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