Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Treat a Hernia
There are many types of hernia – inguinal, incisional, umbilical, hiatal, esophageal and more – each with their own set of complexities. The one commonality between them is that many of these hernias can start as very minor, causing minimal pain and discomfort. The fact that hernias can seem so benign offers many sufferers a false sense of security. The incorrect thinking is that since there is little or no pain, the hernia is fine and doesn’t need repair. This is not true.
In actual fact, the very presence of a hernia requires surgery – and the sooner the better. By their nature, hernias tend to get worse and this worsening can be very rapid depending on a multitude of circumstances. Even seemingly small strains, such as sneezing, can turn what seems to be a minor problem into a major surgical to-do. Once a hernia has progressed to the point where it is very painful, the risk of recurrence and/or complication during and after surgery increases. It also adds to the uncertainty of which surgical procedure is most appropriate – a minimally invasive or an open repair.
Ultimately, it just isn’t worth waiting to have a hernia surgery performed unless there is a solid medical reason to the contrary. Addressing and correcting a hernia sooner rather than later can avoid further problems, both in the short term and in the longer-term as well. To learn more about the surgical option that is best for your hernia problem, you can contact our office to schedule a consultation.
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