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The Serious Risks You’re Taking by Not Treating a Hernia

There are avowed procrastinators who abide by the saying: “Don’t rush me, I’m waiting for the last minute.” That might be funny if the topic was inconsequential, but getting treatment for a hernia would not be one of them. The serious risks you’re taking by not treating a hernia are no joke, and delaying needed surgery is never a good idea.

Face the Facts

All hernias need to be treated eventually. If the hernia is small and you’re having little to no symptoms, then yes, you may choose to wait after consulting with Agave Surgical Specialists to make sure this is a safe option.

At some point the hernia will become larger and you will experience symptoms of pain, discomfort, a fullness in your groin or stomach, and it will eventually limit your activities. The larger a hernia becomes, the harder it is to repair.

The only lasting treatment is surgical repair. Playing the waiting game with a hernia can lead to some serious consequences, which is why it is much easier on everyone to simply get the treatment you need as soon as you need it.

Don’t Wait Until You’re Older

As we get older, our bodies struggle more and more to recover from a procedure. Waiting years can make the chances of a smooth recovery from hernia surgery more difficult. Other health issues could also interfere with having surgery, so taking care of your hernia sooner rather than later makes sense.

The Longer You Wait the Larger the Hernia

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Most hernias continue to grow larger, and symptoms become progressively worse as they grow. The complications caused by a hernia also increase in severity over time. 

Incarcerated Hernia

One serious risk of not treating a hernia is the chance that it could develop into an incarcerated hernia. Tissues like the intestines can become trapped in the abdominal wall, and then cannot be easily moved back into their proper place. This can lead to bowel obstruction when stomach contents are unable to pass through the intestines as they should, and this risk becomes higher as you age. 

Strangulated Hernia

A strangulated hernia is rare, but is a very serious condition that can cause permanent damage. A hernia becomes strangulated when a loop of the intestines becomes stuck inside the hernia and begins to lose access to its blood supply. Contact Agave Surgical Specialists immediately if you experience fever, nausea, or if the hernia turns red, purple, or generally dark in color. This is a medical emergency. 

Making the Decision

Be sure you know the risks and benefits of hernia repair surgery, and don’t wait once you and Agave Surgical Specialists have determined that surgery is needed. Contact Agave Surgical Specialists if you are having pain and discomfort from a hernia to determine if you require any kind of additional treatment.

As always, if you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call our Chandler office at (602) 582-5233 or our Mesa office at (480) 887-4895. 

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COVID-19 Update

The providers and staff here at Agave Surgical Specialists want you to know that we are here for you.

In efforts to keep our patients safe and healthy during this time, we are offering telemedicine visits for certain diagnosis.  If you are interested in utilizing telemedicine for your visit, please let our friendly staff know at the time you are making your appointment!

Agave Surgical Specialists is closely following the most up-to-date announcements and information on the known cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Because this information is always changing, we will be monitoring all updates from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control.

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling one of our offices.

Here are a few additional resources as well:

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control

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