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Does hernia heal itself?

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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 doctor for a specific treatment plan for you.
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 complications like incarceration or strangulation, (organs trapped by the hernia defect). Okay to get in to your doc for an eval and surgical referral. A hernia repair is safe and effective.
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 31 years experience
No : The only "cure" for hernia is a surgical procedure. There are many options however, so make sure you see someone up to date, and someone that is familiar with many options, so you can select the one that fits your goals best.

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Can hernias heal themselves?

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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, and require a surgical procedure for repair. Reasons for repair are to resolve a problem, or prevent one. Talk to your doctor about it to figure out whether or not surgical repair is right for you.

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