How does an irreducible hernia affect the body?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Depending upon where the irreducible hernia is located, different parts of the body are affected. For example, an irreducible inguinal hernia can affect the scrotum and the area around the testicles, causing them to swell or become painful. An irreducible hernia also causes a hard bulge under the skin. If left untreated, an irreducible hernia can develop life-threatening complications.

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