Think You’ve Got a Hernia? Find Out Which Type

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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.

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