What will happen if the hernia is not operated on?

What happens if you don't get a hernia fixed

A hernia does not stay confined. With time all hernias increase in size, the bulge becomes more prominent, and symptoms may become worse. Of greater significance is the fact that the content of certain hernias may not be able to be pushed back and the intestine becomes obstructed; this is the acute incarcerated (meaning imprisoned) hernia. Even worse, the intestine may be so pinched off that its blood can no longer circulate and it becomes gangrenous i.e., it dies (called a strangulated hernia for obvious reasons). These last two complications require emergency surgery with a risk far greater than that of the uncomplicated hernia.

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