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Husband has groin hernia he keeps 'popping' back in. i say he needs surgery, he says its no big deal. his job requires lifting. prof opinion?

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Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
See a surgeon: Sounds like you need a tiebreaker. Not all hernias need surgery. Why not ask someone who knows and can render an intelligent opinion after examining the patient. Ask your doctor or your local medical society for some recommendations. Good luck!
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Won'timprove w/outRx: Hernias don't go away, may stay stable or get worse. Heavy lifting will aggravate the situation. Rx is elective surgery. If hernia no longer reducible more urgent surgery. Strangulated hernia cuts off blood supply-surgical emergency. Before there was surgery for this, there was a truss supportive belt with a knob to jeep tour guts in. They are still available. See your doc.

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