What is an Incarcerated Hernia?
A hernia that is incarcerated is one that is “stuck out” and cannot be put back into the appropriate place.
When herniated tissue can be put back into place, the hernias are called “reducible”.
The process of putting herniated tissue back into place is called “reducing the hernia”. This is also called “reduction” of the hernia.
Hernias that are incarcerated are at risk of development into a strangulated hernia.
Strangulated hernias are potentially life-threatening and should be evaluated immediately by a physician.