What is an easily reducible hernia?

Updated: Sep 14, 2018
  • Author: Ajita R Shah, MD; Chief Editor: Kurt E Roberts, MD  more...
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If a hernia is easily reducible, the abdominal contents can easily be returned to their original compartment. Reduction not only allows symptomatic relief for patients but also reduces the risk of future incarceration. [2]  Although reduction helps alleviate patient's symptoms, elective surgical repair is usually warranted for long-term management.

In some cases, nonoperative treatment may suffice for asymptomatic patients with easily reducible hernias. A large prospective trial suggested that in patients who are minimally symptomatic, nonoperative treatment can produce outcomes similar to those experienced by minimally symptomatic patients who undergo surgical repair. [12]


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