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When is surgery medically indicated for a hernia?

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Dr. Jon Krook
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In brief: Pain

Usually when it hurts.
Symptomatic hernias are usually repaired. Depending on their size and contents, asymptomatic may be watched.

In brief: Pain

Usually when it hurts.
Symptomatic hernias are usually repaired. Depending on their size and contents, asymptomatic may be watched.
Dr. Jon Krook
Dr. Jon Krook
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In brief: When it bothers you

No one can predict future complication regarding a hernia so most doctors recommend elective intervention to avoid problems such as acute incarceration/strangulation.
Elective hernia repair is usually simple with minimal risk, urgent hernia repair can be very involved - at times needing bowel resection. Urgent hernia surgery is also associated with higher recurrence rate.

In brief: When it bothers you

No one can predict future complication regarding a hernia so most doctors recommend elective intervention to avoid problems such as acute incarceration/strangulation.
Elective hernia repair is usually simple with minimal risk, urgent hernia repair can be very involved - at times needing bowel resection. Urgent hernia surgery is also associated with higher recurrence rate.
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