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Strangulated Hernia

Strangulated Hernia

Strangulated Hernia

A hernia is an abnormal swelling or bulge, most commonly seen on the abdomen and groin, as a result of a weakening or hole in the abdominal wall. A strangulated hernia occurs when part of the bulge or swelling pushes through the abdominal wall only to become trapped and clamped down on by the abdominal muscles.

The strength of the abdominal muscles squeezes tightly and locks down on the bulge and in many cases causes severe pain as its shuts off the blood vessels inside of the intestine. A strangulated hernia is a surgical emergency and should be dealt with immediately.

Strangulated Hernia

Is A Strangulated Hernia Dangerous?

A strangulated hernia is dangerous and considered a surgical emergency that requires urgent professional attention. If left untreated the hernia will cause severe pain

Symptoms Of Strangulated Hernia

Symptoms for a strangulated hernia can come on rapidly at any time. The first symptom is usually is severe pain that cannot be relieved until it is treated by a suitable surgeon.

Other Symptoms Include:

  • Severe or sharp pain
  • Vomiting
  • A burning sensation in the area of the suspected hernia
  • Blood in excrement

How Can I Prevent A Strangulated Hernia?

Strangulated hernias are actually more common for smaller hernias rather than larger ones as the larger hernias tend to push outwards more easily so are therefore at less risk of being trapped shut by the muscle opening. Prevention can only be achieved by attending to your hernia before it gets to to this level of severity. Strangulation can occur at anytime and as a result we recommend treatment as soon as possible to avoid strangulation under difficult circumstances, such as being on holiday.

My Hernia Is Painful, Is It Strangulated?

Pain associated with a hernia doesn’t always mean it has become strangulated but affirms the need for medical attention to prevent such a scenario. If you are experiencing pain from your hernia we strongly recommend you get in touch with an expert hernia consultant to avoid further complications.

Is No Treatment An Option?

If you are suffering with a strangulated hernia you must seek immediate medical attention as this is classed as a surgical emergency.

Patient Testimonial

Dr John Watson shares his experience as a patient when coming to London Hernia with a strangulated hernia. Dr Watson was seen and treated on the same day by Mr Romi Navaratnam and praised the standard of patient rooms, the quality of the food provided and the knowledgeable nurses that were on-hand throughout his treatment.

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If you would like more information on a strangulated hernia or want to book an appointment you can contact our team by calling 020 3370 1014 or by emailing londonhernia@hje.org.uk.

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