When To Seek Medical Advice
1. If you develop a swelling in the abdominal wall, the groin, or at the site of previous surgery and you think it may be a hernia.
2. If you have a hernia and it becomes irreducible (you cannot push it back in). This is incarceration of the hernia and there is a risk of strangulation.
3. If a known hernia becomes hot, tense, tender, red and irreducible (you can’t push it back in), it may be strangulating and urgent medical assistance is essential.
4. If you have a hernia and your bowel stops working, your abdomen becomes bloated and you begin to vomit. The hernia may be causing intestinal obstruction.