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What happens if a ventral hernia ruptures?

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Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 32 years experience
Serious: It is very rare for a hernia to break through the skin or "rupture". More commonly, but still unlikely, the contents of the hernia (the stuff coming through the hole in the abdominal wall) can become stuck or incarcerated. In its worst form, this can cause gangrene and require emergency surgery to save your life. Again, thi is uncommon, but also unpredictable.
Dr. Donn Schroder
General Surgery 40 years experience
hernia is a rupture: The term hernia means a rupture of the tissues. This allows organs to protrude through the resultant hole causing a buldge. Sometimes the organ protruding through can get trapped (incarcerated) and sometimes squeezed so tightly that the blood supply is cut off (strangulated) strangulation can result in bowel perforation and infection. Hernias are repaired to stop pain and prevent strangulation.
Dr. J. Roth
Dr. J. Rothanswered
General Surgery 29 years experience
Strangulated hernia: The greatest danger of a hernia is the risk of strangulation. This occurs as a result of the intestines becoming trapped in the hernia and the blood supply becoming constricted. This is a sequela of an incarcerated hernia (one in which the hernia cannot be pushed back in). Incarcerated hernias should be evaluated immediately to prevent strangulation.

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What happens when a ventral hernia pops?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
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May end up surgery: Most of the time small ventral hernias do not need surgery, simple binder and weight reduction is enough, large hernias had risk of gettting incarcerated (getting stuck ) most likely by transverse colon will cause dangerous complications.
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Please help! what happens when a ventral hernia ruptures?

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Dr. Kenton Zehr
33 years experience
Increased size: Ventral hernias don't rupture to the outside world, the skin holds the abdominal contents in place. However, they can become very large and difficult to repair if the contents cannot be easily returned into the abdomen during the repair.

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