Incarcerated Hernia Treatment in NYC

If you have been diagnosed with a hernia and are experiencing extreme pain, nausea, vomiting, or other symptoms, you may have an incarcerated hernia. Your first step to treatment and recovery is to schedule a consultation with world-renowned hernia surgeon Dr. Mark Reiner in NYC. Dr. Reiner has performed thousands of successful hernia surgeries, including surgeries for hernias that have become incarcerated. Learn more about symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options for incarcerated hernias below.

What is an incarcerated hernia?

A hernia occurs when parts of your abdominal organs fall through a hole or weak spot in your abdominal wall muscles. In most cases, the hernia can be pushed back through the hole that it fell through and back into your abdominal cavity. However, in certain cases, the hernia can become trapped in the hole and can’t be pushed back in. When this occurs, it is known as an incarcerated hernia.

There are many types of hernias, including inguinal, spigelian, incisional, umbilical, femoral, and hiatal — all of which can become incarcerated. If trapped tightly enough, an incarcerated hernia can lead to strangulation, meaning all blood supply to the organ is completely cut off. Left untreated, a strangulated hernia can become a life-threatening medical emergency, requiring immediate medical attention.

What causes an incarcerated hernia?

An incarcerated hernia occurs when a hernia becomes trapped in the opening of the abdominal wall through which it has fallen. Femoral hernias have the highest chance of becoming incarcerated because they pass through a narrow opening known as the femoral canal, making it easy for the affected organ to become stuck.

What are the symptoms of an incarcerated hernia?

The main sign of an incarcerated hernia is the inability to push the hernia back into your abdominal cavity. Although uncommon, an incarcerated hernia may cut off blood supply to the incarcerated organ, causing what is known as strangulation. Signs and symptoms of a strangulated hernia may include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Extreme pain
  • Swelling or redness
  • Rapid growth of the hernia
  • Hardening of the hernia
  • Fever
  • Constipation
  • Bloating

A strangulated hernia may be life-threatening. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the above symptoms.

How is an incarcerated hernia diagnosed?

To determine if a hernia is incarcerated, your doctor will try to manually push the hernia back into your abdominal cavity without surgery. If the hernia can’t be pushed back in, it is likely that the hernia is incarcerated. Your doctor may recommend additional medical procedures to move the incarcerated organ back into your abdominal cavity.

Can an incarcerated hernia lead to complications if left untreated?

Left untreated, an incarcerated hernia may become strangulated. Strangulation stops blood from flowing to the trapped organ. When blood stops flowing to the organ, it can lead to tissue death and other life-threatening outcomes.

How is an incarcerated hernia treated?

Treatment of an incarcerated hernia will involve your doctor moving the incarcerated hernia back into your abdominal cavity, which your doctor will first try to accomplish manually, without surgery. If your doctor is unable to non-surgically free the trapped hernia, your doctor may recommend what is known as hernia repair surgery to help prevent further complications, such as strangulation.

Hernia repair can be performed as an open surgery or a laparoscopic procedure. Depending on which of the two methods is used, along with other factors, recovery time will vary. Speak with your doctor to learn more about which hernia repair option may be most appropriate for you.

If you are suffering from symptoms of an incarcerated hernia, the first step to improving your health and getting back to your regular pain-free life is to schedule a consultation with an experienced hernia doctor. Dr. Mark Reiner is a top surgeon in the field of minimally invasive hernia repair, and has performed thousands of successful hernia operations. Contact Dr. Reiner today by calling 212.879.6677 or filling out the form on this page.

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