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Hernia's > What can happen to the Hernia or lump?

Hernias that are left untreated will tend to enlarge and develop complications.

There are some basic terms, which are important in describing hernias.

  • Reducible Hernia’s disappear back into the abdomen temporarily.
  • Irreducible Hernia’s cannot be pushed back into the abdomen.
  • Incarcerated Hernia’s are irreducible and painful. This type of Hernia is becoming dangerous.
  • Obstructed Hernia’s is where the bowel is becoming blocked but is not dead. There is usually pain and vomiting and there may be an inability to pass flatus.
  • Strangulated Hernia’s has had its blood supply clamped off and the contents such as bowel or fat are in the process of dying. Urgent surgical correction is required for strangulated Hernia’s.

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