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What is the treatment for a hernia?

Most hernias are treated using surgery. The two main types of surgery used to repair hernias are open and laparoscopic hernia repair. Both are performed in hospital under anesthesia. Both types strengthen the opening or weakening that caused the hernia by using stitches and/or a prosthetic mesh. Laparoscopic repair often results in faster recovery than open repair. However, laparoscopic repair is not possible in every situation. Your surgeon can discuss which surgical options are best suited for you. For people who cannot have surgery, or need time to plan for surgery, a hernia truss may be used. This is a supportive undergarment that can be used to reduce discomfort of inguinal hernias.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 22 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Hernia


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