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Do hernias go away or become less painful over time?
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Only after surgery
The only way for a hernia to go away is to have it surgically repaired (exception: umbilical hernias in infants).
The pain from a hernia may wax-and-wane, especially associated with exertional activity, but is likely to worsen in time, especially as the hernia enlarges. If you are healthy and your quality of life is being compromised by your hernia, seek out the opinion of a hernia surgeon.

In brief: Only after surgery
The only way for a hernia to go away is to have it surgically repaired (exception: umbilical hernias in infants).
The pain from a hernia may wax-and-wane, especially associated with exertional activity, but is likely to worsen in time, especially as the hernia enlarges. If you are healthy and your quality of life is being compromised by your hernia, seek out the opinion of a hernia surgeon.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. David Earle
Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
Hernias only "go away" after surgical repair, and that isn't even 100%.
A hernia can become less painful over time, but that is unusual. See a general surgeon for a consultation for more info regarding your case.

In brief: No
Hernias only "go away" after surgical repair, and that isn't even 100%.
A hernia can become less painful over time, but that is unusual. See a general surgeon for a consultation for more info regarding your case.
Dr. David Earle
Dr. David Earle
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