inguinal hernia will not go away without surgery. Most
hernias in children are indirect (the abdominal tissue has bulged down the
inguinal canal). These hernias need to be repaired,
because they are likely to become
Prompt surgery is needed for younger children especially, because
they may not complain about pain until there is a risk of the intestine
becoming tightly trapped and its blood supply being cut off
Hernias that are incarcerated, even if they can
be pushed back into the abdomen, need to be repaired as soon as possible
because of the risk of strangulation.
Surgery may be
delayed on premature babies with hernias that are not incarcerated. Premature
babies are at risk for complications before and after surgery, because their
hearts and respiratory systems are not fully developed.