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What could happen if you have an umbilical hernia and don't treat it?

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Dr. David Earle
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In brief: Incarceration

The hernia, (hole in the abdominal wall), can allow abdominal contents to protrude through.
Low probability, but those contents can become stuck, (incarcerated). This usually causes significant pain. The incarcerated contents may then turn in to gangrene (strangulated), requiring emergency operation. If it doesn't hurt, and not enlarging, probably ok to observe. Check with your doctor to be sure.

In brief: Incarceration

The hernia, (hole in the abdominal wall), can allow abdominal contents to protrude through.
Low probability, but those contents can become stuck, (incarcerated). This usually causes significant pain. The incarcerated contents may then turn in to gangrene (strangulated), requiring emergency operation. If it doesn't hurt, and not enlarging, probably ok to observe. Check with your doctor to be sure.
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