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How long can tissue be caught in a hernia before it becomes dead tissue, the doctor I saw said he wouldn't do the surgery til I lose weight?

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In brief: No set time.

Whether tissue in a hernia dies or not is dependent on several variables.
The biggest risk factor for strangulation (dead tissue) is whether it is incarcerated (stuck) in the hernia or not. If it is reducible or can be pushed back in, then the risk of dying is very low. Another big factor is the size of the hernia. Actually the bigger the hole, the lower the risk of the tissue dying.

In brief: No set time.

Whether tissue in a hernia dies or not is dependent on several variables.
The biggest risk factor for strangulation (dead tissue) is whether it is incarcerated (stuck) in the hernia or not. If it is reducible or can be pushed back in, then the risk of dying is very low. Another big factor is the size of the hernia. Actually the bigger the hole, the lower the risk of the tissue dying.
Dr. Vineet Choudhry
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Dr. Barry Rosen
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In brief: "Strangulated"Hernia

Great question, but difficult to answer. If your hernia is reducible (it can be "pushed back in"), the risk of "dead tissue" developing is not high, provided that you check this daily.
Every surgeon has to balance risks vs. Benefits when making recommendations. Unfortunately, losing weight is not an easy proposition. If you are experiencing a lot of pain from your hernia, seek a 2nd opinion.

In brief: "Strangulated"Hernia

Great question, but difficult to answer. If your hernia is reducible (it can be "pushed back in"), the risk of "dead tissue" developing is not high, provided that you check this daily.
Every surgeon has to balance risks vs. Benefits when making recommendations. Unfortunately, losing weight is not an easy proposition. If you are experiencing a lot of pain from your hernia, seek a 2nd opinion.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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