How are patients positioned for hernia reduction?

Updated: Sep 14, 2018
  • Author: Ajita R Shah, MD; Chief Editor: Kurt E Roberts, MD  more...
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Place the patient in a 20° Trendelenburg position (see the image below) for reduction of an inguinal hernia. Gravity pulls the bowel contents inward from the site of herniation and facilitates reduction. A supine position is appropriate for a hernia of the upper abdomen.

40-year-old man presents with left inguinal pain, 40-year-old man presents with left inguinal pain, swelling, and erythema consistent with left inguinal hernia. He is placed in Trendelenburg position to aid in reduction.

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