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Can hernias heal themselves

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 31 years experience
Rarely : The only her is that can heal itself is a belly button hernia in an infant. They usually heal by age 5. All other hernias will not heal themselves, an... Read More

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A member asked:
Dr. Sheila Calderon
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
No: There are many types of hernias that occur in many places. Some need no treatment, some need surgical repair, and some need to be watched. See your ... Read More
Dr. Chand Rohatgi
General Surgery 37 years experience
No: In adults, it will need surgical correction. Sometimes, in neonates, that " healing" may happen
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Repair hernia: Hernias of the abdominal wall can remain stable or progress. They are unable to heal spontaneously, or by itself. These hernias can develop complicat... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
It depends.: Not all hernia surgeries are alike: where was the hernia? Was mesh used for the repair? Was the operation performed via minimally invasive surgery? ... Read More
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 31 years experience
Abdominal wall hernia: Hernias in the abdominal wall are holes in the muscle layer through which abdominal contents can protrude. These can only heal in infants and toddlers... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. George T Tsai
General Surgery 27 years experience
NOT without surgery: There is no nonsurgical treatment for a hernia - regardless of type or location.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 30 years experience
Depends: Technically, hernias are repaired, not removed. Depending on the size of the hernia, the location, and the type of repair performed, use of mesh, etc... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Healing is healing: Wounds heal side to side. If mesh implanted that reduces some of the wound tension, but needs to heal in solidly. Follow your surgeons instructions,... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: You cannot exercise or do anything yourself to make a hernia go away. Once a hernia forms, the only way to make it go away is hernia repair with surge... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neel Karne
General Surgery 18 years experience
Depends: Hernias are usually repaired using mesh with surgery. If you do not want to have surgery, you should avoid lifting and strenuous activity. If it is ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Not very...: Hernia repair mesh of any type is almost impossible to break. It can certainly pull away from the defect it is used to repair, and this results in th... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Herniated disc?: If you do not have nerve compression resulting in pain or bladder/bowel dysfunction, your body will eventually form scar tissue around the new place t... Read More

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