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Is surgery the only treatment of inguinal hernia in a toddler? Is there any other option if it's not that bad?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not that bad ???

It may not be hurting him now but would you really want to face the risk.
This means there is a defect in the tissues that keep his intestines in place in the abdomen. If a loop of intestines slip out and get trapped, the blood supply can be cut off and lead to dead bowel. Emergency surgery in the middle of the night is never a good idea. Once identified this should be fixed within 2 weeks or less

In brief: Not that bad ???

It may not be hurting him now but would you really want to face the risk.
This means there is a defect in the tissues that keep his intestines in place in the abdomen. If a loop of intestines slip out and get trapped, the blood supply can be cut off and lead to dead bowel. Emergency surgery in the middle of the night is never a good idea. Once identified this should be fixed within 2 weeks or less
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Dr. David Earle
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Only option

It would be nice if these could be treated non-surgically, but there is no other option.
Inguinal hernia, unlike umbilical hernia in children is thought to have a lower overall risk for repair rather than observation. See a pediatric surgeon for a more complete evualuation. Appointment in the next week or two should be ok if there are no symptoms. If severe pain, head to an ER. Hope this helps!

In brief: Only option

It would be nice if these could be treated non-surgically, but there is no other option.
Inguinal hernia, unlike umbilical hernia in children is thought to have a lower overall risk for repair rather than observation. See a pediatric surgeon for a more complete evualuation. Appointment in the next week or two should be ok if there are no symptoms. If severe pain, head to an ER. Hope this helps!
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