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What Happens When You Leave a Hernia Untreated?

What Happens When You Leave a Hernia Untreated

At the Groin and Pelvic Pain Institute, we specialize in hernia treatment, especially those involving groin or pelvic pain, with hernia surgery options. It is important that you take care of your body and seek help if you come across anything that seems like it could be a groin hernia.

What Is a Groin Hernia?

A hernia occurs when tissue ends up pushing through the walls of a muscle that is meant to keep it in. This is especially common in the abdomen area around the groin and belly. If you feel a small bump in this area, it could be a hernia such as a groin hernia.

A groin hernia, also known as an inguinal hernia, is the most common to occur. Causes of an inguinal hernia could be the groin muscle not being properly closed at birth or from something as common as lifting a heavy object incorrectly. Symptoms to look out for would be groin pain, a burning sensation, or discomfort in the area.

A groin hernia, or inguinal hernia, is just one of many hernias that can occur in the body. A Femoral Hernia also occurs in the same region right below the groin. It is important to discuss hernia treatment and hernia surgery with a specialist. 

Refusing Hernia Treatment

The first thing you should be aware of is that hernias, including a groin hernia, do not heal on their own. If the hernia is left untreated, according to healthline.com, it can lead to worsening symptoms.

For example, if you leave a groin hernia untreated and do not undergo hernia surgery, it can obstruct your bowel movements. This is called an incarcerated hernia. If bowels are obstructed, it can lead to other symptoms like nausea, constipation, severe pain, or the inability to pass gas. 

Another issue caused by an untreated hernia would be strangulation. If the groin hernia has made it to the incarcerated stage and you do not seek treatment, it can lead to strangulation. 

Strangulation causes blockage of blood flow to your intestines or part of your intestines. This could result in death for the infected bowel tissue. If you have waited too long and your hernia has led to strangulation, then you need immediate surgery, as this matter is serious and can be life-threatening.

Hernia Treatment Options

If you have a hernia, you must seek some kind of treatment such as hernia surgery. At the Groin and Pelvic Pain Institute, we specialize in fixing the hernia using two kinds of hernia surgery: Open Hernia Repair and Laparoscopic Repair.

Open Hernia Repair

If you have a groin hernia and seek hernia treatment, Open Hernia Repair may be an option for you. This is an open surgery and is the original method for hernia treatment. It requires an incision and the doctor pushing the bulge back to its place, or the hernia sac is tied off and disconnected. It may take longer to recover from this hernia surgery.

Laparoscopic Repair

For Laparoscopic Repair, the doctor may use small incisions or none at all with general anesthesia. A camera or telescope is then inserted into the body to locate the hernia. This type of hernia treatment is minimally invasive and may cause the patient less pain and result in a faster recovery time after surgery.

Overall, whether you choose one kind of hernia surgery over the other, or if you can’t decide which hernia treatment is best, we suggest talking with a professional. You can book a video consultation with Dr. Iraci here at the Groin and Pelvic Pain Institute to discuss hernia treatment and hernia surgery options as well as any questions you have about groin hernias.

Other Groin and Pelvic Pain Institute Related Blogs:

Recovering From Hernia Surgery

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