Do hernias heal by themselves?
With few exceptions, including infant’s umbilical hernias, hernias will not resolve without surgery.
What types of surgery exist?
There are two main approaches to hernia repair. “Open repairs” and “laparoscopic repairs.” Laparoscopy is considered to be “Minimally Invasive,” however, some open techniques are minimally invasive. Most hernia repairs use mesh patches, which lowers recurrence rates. Classic “non-mesh” repairs remain an option for patients wishing to avoid mesh. These usually are reserved for inguinal and small umbilical hernias. I perform both Open and Laparoscopic approaches.
Does hernia surgery require a hospital admission?
Most hernia repairs are performed as an outpatient. Larger ventral hernias and hiatal hernias require an admission.
Do hernias “NEED TO BE REPAIRED?”
Hernias will not get better. Some are painful, enlarge and protrude further. Emergencies arise if bowel becomes stuck within a hernia (incarcerated), or bowel death(strangulation). Classically, small, asymptomatic hernias can be followed if a patient wishes to avoid surgery. There is Academic Data to back this. However, the same studies show a number of patients will need emergency surgery with critics arguing it should have been fixed earlier. Cases should be individualized and talked over with the patient’s primary doctor and surgeon.
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