Are hernias dangerous?
Danger, danger, danger!!!
A hernia can be Life-threatening!
If you notice a bulge, lump, or swelling in any of these areas and are also experiencing pain, especially if you cannot push the hernia contents back inside, then you should make an appointment with a HERNIA SURGEON as soon as possible. A hernia causing pain can quickly, and unexpectedly, develop into a life-threatening emergency. A hernia can cause obstruction of bowel (small or large intestine) when that intestine protrudes through the hernia defect and becomes twisted or kinked. If a hernia becomes "stuck" protruding out, and it can't be pushed back in, this condition is called "incarceration." In addition, a hernia that has intestine or other organs protruding through it can cause the blood supply to that intestine or other organs to become compromised, therefore depriving those tissues of oxygen. Without oxygen, intestine or other organs will die, and this situation can lead to perforation or sepsis, or both. This condition is called "Strangulation," and can absolutely be life-threatening without immediate surgical intervention.
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING SEVERE PAIN, IF YOU NOTE ANY CHANGE IN THE SKIN COLOR (RED OR PURPLE) OVER THE HERNIA, AND ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE ALSO EXPERIENCING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING, ABDOMINAL BLOATING, NAUSEA, VOMITING, ABDOMINAL PAIN, FEVER OR CHILLS, YOU NEED TO CALL 911 OR GO TO THE NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM IMMEDIATELY. YOU CAN DIE IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE EMERGENCY SURGERY.
Don't wait until it becomes an emergency, come and see us at AHS.
We have the most experience and are considered experts in the field of hernia surgery. We treat hernia patients every day. We are committed to delivering excellent care and the best patient outcomes possible. We offer the most cost-effective options for patients who are paying out of pocket, as well as the most advanced laparoscopic, minimally invasive, and robotic surgical techniques available for hernia repair.