How do you know if your hernia is strangulated?
Signs and symptoms of a strangulated hernia include:
- Nausea, vomiting or both.
- Sudden pain that quickly intensifies.
- A hernia bulge that turns red, purple or dark.
- Inability to move your bowels or pass gas.
When should I worry about hernia pain?
A hernia can also be painless and only appear as a bulging. The pain may be intermittent or constant and the swelling may decrease or be absent, depending on the amount of pressure in the abdomen. Constant, intense pain at a bulge site may indicate a medical emergency and should be evaluated immediately by a doctor.
What are the chances of a hernia become strangulated?
Risk appears to be <1% a year.
Collectively, these studies suggest that the risk of strangulation is less than 1% per year (0.18% to 0.79%) among all patients with inguinal hernias, at least in the first few years of the onset of the hernia.
What happens if a hernia is left untreated?
“Hernias cannot heal on their own; if left untreated, they usually get bigger and more painful, and can cause serious health risks in some cases.” If the wall through which the intestine is protruding closes shut, it can cause a strangulated hernia, which cuts off blood flow to the bowel.