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what does it mean for hernia to be reducible?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
17 years experience General Surgery
Can push it back in: A hernia is when abdominal contents protrude through a weakness or "hole" in the abdominal wall muscles. A hernia is called "reducible" when its contents can be pushed back into the abdominal cavity. This can occur either spontaneously or with manual pressure.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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Dr. Barry Rosen
34 years experience General Surgery
Can push it back in: A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall through which the inner layer of the abdominal cavity may stretch through to create a sac. Intraabdominal organs such as the intestine may push through the hole and enter the sac. This sac and its contents may be "pushed back" into the abdominal cavity by gentle pressure, often aided by laying down.
Answered on Oct 1, 2011

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