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Are there non-surgical treatments for hernias in children?
14 doctors weighed in

Dr. Janet Meller
Surgery - Pediatric
6 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Umbilical hernias may resolve on their own without treatment, however, inguinal hernias always require surgical treatment.

In brief: Depends
Umbilical hernias may resolve on their own without treatment, however, inguinal hernias always require surgical treatment.
Dr. Janet Meller
Dr. Janet Meller
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Dr. Frazier Frantz
Surgery - Pediatric
3 doctors agree
In brief: It depends.
Most umbilical hernias in children will close spontaneously by the age of 4.
These are typically asymptomatic. Inguinal hernias, on the other hand, never resolve spontaneously and require timely repair due to the risk of incarceration.

In brief: It depends.
Most umbilical hernias in children will close spontaneously by the age of 4.
These are typically asymptomatic. Inguinal hernias, on the other hand, never resolve spontaneously and require timely repair due to the risk of incarceration.
Dr. Frazier Frantz
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Dr. George Chiang
Pediatrics - Urology
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
If a child truly has a hernia, then the only way to fix it is surgically.
However, the surgery itself can be performed in either a laparoscopic or open approach.

In brief: No
If a child truly has a hernia, then the only way to fix it is surgically.
However, the surgery itself can be performed in either a laparoscopic or open approach.
Dr. George Chiang
Dr. George Chiang
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Dr. James Lin
Life never "cures" inborn defect or weakness of abdominal wall.
Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Umbilical hernias will close in all likelihood if small and by the age of 2 years in 80% of children.
Inguinal hernias do not close nor is there any non-surgical treatment. The defect has to be surgically closed to prevent complications and damage to intestine or to the testicle.

In brief: No
Umbilical hernias will close in all likelihood if small and by the age of 2 years in 80% of children.
Inguinal hernias do not close nor is there any non-surgical treatment. The defect has to be surgically closed to prevent complications and damage to intestine or to the testicle.
Dr. Troy Reyna
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