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An incarcerated hernia is always an emergency and must be repositioned (moved back under ultrasound control) within a few hours, as the incarcerated organs are cut off from the blood supply and can die.


Possible signs of an incarcerated hernia are:

  • Severe, colicky pain in the area of the hernia or in the abdomen
  • Nausea / vomiting
  • Fever
  • Constipation / no bowel movement
  • Redness in the area of the fracture
  • Circulatory disorders
  • Confusion


How can I tell if the hernia is trapped in a baby?


Babies behave more restless in such cases and cry more than usual. They often drink less and have to vomit. An incarcerated hernia often also shows itself by fever. In bad cases, the hernia turns reddish in babies.

What to do in an emergency?

During regular practice opening hours, call us at the practice on 044 720 88 11. Our assistant will inform you about the next steps and organise everything for you.


Outside opening hours, call Dr. Pöschmann on his mobile phone at 079 534 13 43. If you only reach the combox, write Dr. Pöschmann an SMS / Whatsapp with the title URGENT. He will call you back as soon as possible.

In case of severe pain, go to the emergency department of the nearest hospital or call the ambulance on 144! You can also ask the hospital to call Dr. Pöschmann so that he can advise you and, if necessary, give a second opinion on what is best to do now.

Complications after surgery

If pain or other problems occur after an operation, you are welcome to contact Dr.Pöschmann outside of the practice opening hours.


Patients are often unsettled when bruises or blue discolouration appear in places other than the puncture sites (e.g. on the testicles or penis) after minimally invasive surgery. The puncture sites are usually only used to insert the surgical instruments; however, the operated wound areas are located elsewhere in the body. Bruising in the regions of the internal wound areas is normal. However, if swelling or redness occurs in the operated area, you should contact us immediately.


If in doubt, send Dr.Pöschmann a photo of the affected area to the mobile number 079 534 13 43 and he will get back to you as soon as possible.

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