Inguinal Hernia - Topic Overview
If you have a hernia, it will
not heal on its own. Surgery is the only way to treat a hernia.
your hernia does not bother you, you most likely can wait to have surgery. Your
hernia may get worse, but it may not. In some cases, hernias that are small and
painless may never need to be repaired.
Most people with hernias
have surgery to repair them, even if they do not have symptoms. This is because
many doctors believe surgery is less dangerous than
strangulation, a serious problem that occurs when part
of your intestine gets trapped inside the hernia.
But you may not
need surgery right away. If the hernia is small and painless and you can push
it back into your belly, you may be able to wait.
Babies and young
children are more likely to have tissue get trapped in a hernia. If your child
has a hernia, he or she will need surgery to repair it.
may come back after surgery. To reduce the chance that this will happen, stay
at a healthy weight. Do not smoke, avoid heavy lifting, and try not to push
hard when you have a bowel movement or pass urine.