Think You’ve Got a Hernia? Find Out Which Type
The longer you ignore a hernia, the more uncomfortable it becomes. Tap or click through this interactive feature to discover the five most common types of hernia and where they occur.
Most hernias are painless. But the longer they’re ignored, the more uncomfortable they get. For most hernias, the only treatment is surgery to close the abdominal wall opening. Early repair avoids abdominal wall damage, and a bigger, riskier, operation, says general surgeon Ajita Prabhu, MD.
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A hernia that’s neglected can trap tissue (called an incarcerated hernia) or cut off its blood supply (called a strangulated hernia, a surgical emergency). If you think you have a hernia, don’t wait to seek help. Ask your doctor about which treatment options might work for you.