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When does a hernia require surgery?

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Hernia repair surgery is recommended if the hernia causes pain and inconvenience when doing regular daily activities, according to MedlinePlus. Strangulated hernia is a serious type of hernia that requires immediate surgery, states WebMD.

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Some hernias may not cause problems, thus surgery is not required. However, most cases of hernias get worse, in terms of size, says MedlinePlus.

Incarcerated hernia is a condition where a loop of the intestine is trapped and swollen. If not treated, it eventually becomes a case of strangulated hernia, where the tissue becomes strongly entangled in the hernia and the blood supply is obstructed, states WebMD. This condition can be life-threatening, as it leads to serious bleeding, gangrene and septicemia. For incarcerated hernia, surgery may be scheduled at the patient’s convenience, while a patient with a strangulated hernia must undergo emergency surgery.

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