What Is a Strangulated Hernia

Strangulated hernia can be termed as a physical condition that arises due to the protrusion of the fascia of an organ. The common form of hernia affects the abdomen portion of an individual. Hernia in the abdomen is characterized by the evolution of a localized hole. Hernia also affects the spinal disc and causes sciatica. There can be little doubt about the fact that strangulated hernias are the most frightful complication that affects the abdominal walls of an individual. Surgeries of strangulated hernias are risky and involve a high degree of complication as well.

Features of Strangulated Hernia Surgery:      

There is least doubt about the fact that strangulated hernia demand immediate attention and care. Some of the points that are associated with strangulated Hernia include:

  • High risk of complication
  • Necessary to ablate some intestine
  • Expensive
  • Medical supervision for minimum 3-4 days
  • Surgery to be performed under emergency condition

Causes of Strangulated Hernia:  

The exact cause of strangulated hernia differs from one individual to the other. Some of the common causes that are responsible for the occurrence of strangulated hernia are enlisted below:

  • Heavy weight lifting
  • Incorrect Posture
  • Sharp blows to abdomen
  • Tight Clothing
  • Hard coughing bouts

 Any specific type of physical condition that exerts pressure to the abdominal cavity can cause strangulated hernia. Strangulated hernia can also be caused due to chronic lung disease, straining during bowel movement and obesity as well. Overexertion, poor nutrition and smoking can also play a lead role in causing strangulated hernia. There are sections of thoughts who believe that strangulation hernia arises due to physiological causes.

Treatment Facilities:                                                            

Strangulated hernias should be addressed immediately to avoid further complications. All major types of hernias can be removed with the help of surgery. Undergoing surgeries is generally advisable, as it does not demand long-term changes to lifestyle. Recovery time is substantially reduced if strangulated hernias can be operated on laparoscopically. The other term for laparoscopic surgery is “minimal invasive” surgery. Laparoscopic surgery demands a few incisions as compared to the “open” or “microscopic” surgery.

Associated Complications:

Complications can always arise post-operation. The major complications that can arise include irreducibility, inflammation, Haemorrhage, Hydrocele and autoimmune problems as well. Most people also suffer from bowel obstruction after strangulated hernia operation.

A patient should consult a physician as soon as he/she experiences strangulated hernia. If a patient decides not to consult a physician then there is every possibility that the concerned patient will not be able to de-gas appropriately. There is an increased probability of the patient suffering from faecal incontinence as well. Strangulated Hernia results in an irreducible bulge that is incarcerated and tightly squeezed.

The development of an irreducible bulge results in the blockage of blood supply. Strangulated Hernia should not be left untreated for a long period, as there is every possibility that gangrene can arise. Strangulated hernia when left in an untreated condition can also cause septicemia and bleeding.  Hence, it is important to consult a doctor and take the possible steps that can help to avoid further complications.

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