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Can an inguinal hernia cause bowel obstruction?

Can an inguinal hernia cause bowel obstruction?

Yes.: A hernia is said to be incarcerated when a structure within the abdominal cavity gets "stuck" within the hernia. If this happens to be a loop of intestine, this can cause an obstruction and lead to the blood supply of the intestine being cut-off; we call this a strangulated hernia. If one has a large, tender lump in the groin that cannot be pushed back in, this requires emergency md attention. ...Read more

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Inguinal hernia causes nausea when part of intestine gets trapped. It is painful emergency situation. I feel nausea off and on w/o emergency, why?

Inguinal hernia causes nausea when part of intestine gets trapped. It is painful emergency situation.  I feel nausea off and on w/o  emergency, why?

Hernia: when a piece of intestine gets trapped in a hernia it may swell and cause the blood supply to become decreased. This may cause the portion of bowel to become damaged or die resulting in a medical emergency. If the hernia becomes tender or painful go to the ER immediately. They may be able to manually reduce the hernia and restore the blood supply or surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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Can an inguinal hernia cause pain throughout entire lower abdomen and throughout all soft tissue within the pelvis and surrounding area?

Can an inguinal hernia cause pain throughout entire lower abdomen and throughout all soft tissue within the pelvis and surrounding area?

Yes If it gets: incarcerated ( get stuck and unable to push back in ) if you have one see your doctor and get it repaired . ...Read more

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Can inguinal hernia obstruct bowel movement?

Can inguinal hernia obstruct bowel movement?

It may...: The bowel sliding into hernia sac may at time become incarcerated with no hope to slide back to abdominal cavity; this condition definitely causes bowel obstruction, called incarcerated hernia, and requires emergent surgery. How to handle sickness correctly? Follow suggestion in articles listed in http://formefirst.com/onDealSickness.html. Best wish to health... ...Read more

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Is there any danger in taking a more immediate laxative while I've been using miralax (polyethylene glycol) for the past six days? Inguinal hernia, need bowel movement.

Is there any danger in taking a more immediate laxative while I've been using miralax (polyethylene glycol) for the past six days? Inguinal hernia, need bowel movement.

Yes, risky!: You need an exam if a week on laxatives has not helped. More can be bad for you! Drink lots of water, eat fruits/veggies, try probiotics (sauerkraut, etc). But see a Dr - blockages can be dangerous and other complications can be more trouble than a visit. So, go! Go soon. Best! ...Read more

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I seem to have inguinal hernia without bulge. Is intestine strangulation still possible in this case?

I seem to have inguinal hernia without bulge. Is intestine strangulation still possible in this case?

Unlikely: if you have a hernia without a bulge that mean the opening is too small you need to watch for pain wither in the groin or in the testicles if pain is increase then you need to see a surgeon ...Read more

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What is the chances that an inguinal hernia will go into the intestine?

What is the chances that an inguinal hernia will go into the intestine?

See below: It is the other way around. Having an inguinal hernia means that there is a weakness of your tissues in that area and possibly bowel is coming in and out through that opening. Infrequently the bowel can come out but may not be able to go back in and get strangulated. Then it becomes an emergency. ...Read more

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Does the air pumped into the colon also inflate the small intestine? What part of the intestine is likely to be involved in a inguinal hernia?

Does the air pumped into the colon also inflate the small intestine?  What part of the intestine is likely to be involved in a inguinal hernia?

Yes.: Insufflated air from colonoscopy does pass the ileocecal valve and to a degree insufflate small bowel. An inguinal hernia sac may contain omentum (fatty tissue over bowel), small intestine, or colon. ...Read more

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In an inguinal hernia, does a small part or the whole lower abdomen protrude?

In an inguinal hernia, does a small part or the whole lower abdomen protrude?

Bulge in Groin: All inguinal hernias begin as small holes in the groin, usually evident as a subtle bulge that, in time, can enlarge and extend into the scrotal sac. Of course, neglect and time can lead to some very large hernias, but, in my experience, they usually extend down into the scrotal sac rather than lead to protrusions of the entire lower abdomen. ...Read more

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Can excessive coughing/sneezing the days immediately following lapro inguinal hernia repair mess up the results? Severe pain in right lower abdomen.

Can excessive coughing/sneezing the days immediately following lapro inguinal hernia repair mess up the results?  Severe pain in right lower abdomen.

Rare: It would be rare to have that happen especially with a laparoscopic approach where the increased abdominal pressure with coughing and sneezing presses the mesh against the defect. Probably just some irritation and strain in the operative area due to the coughing and sneezing. ...Read more

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M58, could chewing 10 teaspoon fulls of flax seed cause intestinal obstruction at the site of hernia.(i am person with large inguinal hernia)?

M58, could chewing 10 teaspoon fulls of flax seed cause intestinal obstruction at the site of hernia.(i am person with large inguinal hernia)?

Flaxseed problems: Flaxseed has been reported as a contributing factor to bowel obstruction, particularly when taken in large amounts with inadequate water intake. Additionally, flaxseed can lower blood sugar, so regular glucose monitoring is essential . Flaxseed has many health benefits when taken in moderation in otherwise healthy people. ...Read more

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Cause for obstruction in inguinal hernia?

Cause for obstruction in inguinal hernia?

INCARCERATED hernia: Any hernia may incarcerate and cause bowel obstruction. Incarceration is when the contents of a hernia 'gets stuck' and the blood flow to the area ceases causing the tissue to be at risk for dying (ischemia-infarct). Immediate surgery is indicated. The signs of bowel obstruction are: nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, lack of gas passage.. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i'm constantly having partial bowel obstruction from scar tissue and a stoma hernia after 4 abdonimal surger.?

What do you suggest if i'm constantly having partial bowel obstruction from scar tissue and a stoma hernia after 4 abdonimal surger.?

Hernia: Well, additional surgery can cause even more scar tissue to form. However, if your bowel obstructions are occurring more frequently and are more severe, surgery may be the only answer. If the obstructions are from the stoma hernia, you should probably get that fixed. ...Read more

Obstruction (Definition)

Anything that creates a blockage of the intestinal tract. You may think of the intestinal tract (stomach, small bowel, large bowel) as somewhat akin to a garden hose. If you kink the garden hose, or twist it, or block it inside, you have created an "obstruction". Most obstructions are a results of previous surgery and most of these ...Read more


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Bowel Obstruction (Definition)

Occurs when either your small or large intestine is partly or completely blocked. The blockage prevents food, fluids, and gas from moving through the intestines in the normal way. The blockage may cause severe pain ...Read more