Hernia truss: Can it help an inguinal hernia?

An inguinal hernia occurs when tissue, such as part of the intestine, protrudes through a weak point or tear in the abdominal muscles. The resulting bulge can be painful, especially when you cough, bend over or lift a heavy object. Inguinal hernias are more common in men. A hernia truss is a supportive undergarment for men designed to keep the protruding tissue in place and relieve discomfort. If you have an inguinal hernia, a hernia truss can help you feel more comfortable temporarily, but it doesn't treat the hernia. Talk to your doctor if you want to use a truss because a truss might make the hernia worse. It should be used temporarily, if at all. Surgery is usually needed to repair a hernia. Untreated, a hernia can grow, and serious, even life-threatening, complications can occur. If your hernia is small and isn't bothering you, your doctor may recommend watchful waiting. If your hernia is causing discomfort, don't rely on a hernia truss. See your doctor to discuss treatment options.

Related Questions

Complication of inguinal hernia?

Untreated. If you mean an untreated inguinal (groin) hernia. Complications of a hernia can be pain, hernia enlargement, low risks of bowel obstruction, hernia incarceration or strangulation resulting in dead bowel... Most inguinal hernias do not get complications. Read more...
Pain, obstruction. it can cause pain, swelling, bulge in the area, if bowel are entrapped in it,
it can cause bowel blockage or even rupture of bowels in some cases. If it is hurting it should be assessed sooner. Read more...

What are the symptoms of inguinal hernia?

Bulge & Discomfort. The most consistent symptom of an inguinal (groin) hernia is the presence of a bulge. This may be constant but often enlarges with activity and may seem to go away after laying down. While hernias may cause pain, they usually cause subtle discomfort (also) worsened with activity. This pain may extend into the inner thigh due to nerve irritation. Read more...
Hernia symptoms. They can include located in the groin or below the groin crease: bulging, pain , a lump , tenderness or even changes in bowel or bladder habits. Read more...

Is inguinal hernia always need a surgery???

Not necessarily. Some people choose to live with an inguinal hernia if it is not causing them too much discomfort. What you need to know is that if the hernia becomes hard, painful and not reducible (you can't push it back in) then you need to go to the emergency department as soon as possible as this is a surgical emergency. Read more...
It depends. No. The consensus now is that asymptomatic to minimally symptomatic inguinal hernias can be safely observed with no increase in morbidity. Repair is recommended for symptomatic hernias or hernias associated with complications (obstruction, perforation). Read more...

What are the workout restrictions if you have an inguinal hernia?

You should. Not do anything that causes discomfort or pain. If you have symptoms, you need to have surgical repair. Restricting your workout is only a temporary solution. Read more...