When is surgery needed for a Hernia?

Treatment is recommended when you have a hernia that is causing you symptoms of pain, severe or worsening symptoms, and when serious complications occur.

Serious complications that require immediate medical attention at a hospital include:

+ Obstruction: Hernias can normally be reduced back into the abdominal cavity, however when the bowel becomes stuck back into the inguinal canal problems arise. Symptoms can include increasing pain, nausea, vomiting and a very tender lump in your groin area.

+ Strangulation: If the obstruction is allowed to remain, then eventually the blood supply is cut off due to due to a trapped section of bowel. This requires immediate medical intervention to release the trapped tissue before the bowel dies.

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