Why do inguinal hernias require surgical treatment?

Inguinal hernias require surgical treatment because they can lead to serious complications. When intra-abdominal organs such as intestines slip into the hernia, they can get stuck. This is called an incarcerated hernia when the contents won’t easily fall back into the abdomen or can’t be pushed back into the abdomen. When this happens, it can cause a blockage in the intestines and can make a person very sick. If the hernia is untreated, then the blood flow to the herniated intestine can be cut-off. This is called a strangulated hernia and is a surgical emergency. Therefore, it is best to have inguinal hernias repaired prior to any of these complications occurring.

Inguinal hernias do require surgical treatment, as it can enlarge over time.

Inguinal hernias require surgical treatment because they can be dangerous. Inguinal hernias occur due to a weakened area of the abdominal wall. As a result, the intestines may become trapped in the area that has weakened. This is dangerous as it can cut off the blood supply to this area of intestine, requiring urgent surgery to repair. Also, hernias are progressive and will continue to increase in size if not treated.

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