Types Of Hernias
There are many different kinds of hernias that are able to affect different areas of the body. Each of these hernias are different in where they will appear, how they will affect the body, and how they should be treated. Despite all of these differences they do have one thing that they share in common. Each hernia will be one of three types; reducible, irreducible, and strangulated.
When the hernia is reducible it has the ability to be pushed back inside of the abdominal cavity. This allows people to remove the lump that is showing through and to help control it for a little while.
It is important that you remember that although it is able to be pushed back in this does not repair it. Any straining, coughing, or other movement like this will push the mass right back out. Many people with this type of hernia will wear a special hernia belt to keep it in at all times.
When a hernia is irreducible it means that you do not have the ability to push the mass back inside of the abdominal cavity. This is probably because the mass is lodged into place and is too large or blocked in by other intestines. Although these might not cause any pain they are uncomfortable. Many people prefer to treat the through surgery as soon as possible to avoid it becoming a strangulated hernia.
When the hernia is strangulated there is nothing left for you to do except operate. This is when the hernia has become twisted with an intestine and is cutting off its blood supply. This will cause gangrene and the intestine will die within a few hours if surgery is not performed. This is a very serious condition that can cause an infection and much worse things. Most people will operate before the hernia is able to get to this point.