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Hernia Repair
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Hernia Repair?

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This is done to repair the hernia. You will have surgery to prevent the hernia from becoming “strangulated” (pinched so that the blood supply is cut off). If strangulation happens, you will need immediate surgery. Without surgery, the hernia will not heal. The pain and size of the hernia usually increases over time.

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a hernia repair, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Damage to neighboring organs or structures (eg, intestine or bladder)
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Pneumonia and other risks of general anesthesia

Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Having neurological, heart, or lung conditions
  • Age: older than 70 years
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Active infection

Call Your Doctor

After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any...