Are There Non-Surgical Options?
Wearing corsets, belts or trusses were common when surgery was dangerous and had a poor success rate. But they are now obsolete because surgical techniques have advanced so much in recent decades and wearing them could cause additional problems. Initially they were designed to stop the hernia popping out but are so rudimentary and offer such little protection that they should not be used.
Scientific research confirmed the need for surgical repair. The results, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and in the Annals of Surgery in 2006, showed that almost 25% of the non-operated patients converted to surgery.
“This study has confirmed previous findings that most patients with minimal symptoms from an inguinal hernia develop pain over time,” it concluded. “Pain was the most common reason for requesting operation, followed by effect on quality of life and increase in size of the hernia. Surgical repair is recommended for medically fit patients with a painless inguinal hernia.”