Q16. Is there an alternative to surgery?

A16. A hernia cannot be treated with drug therapy which means that surgery is the only option. In many ways this is the recommended option as it is relatively simple and can be carried out under a local anaesthetic.

The thought of surgery can be scary but a hernia will worsen over time and in some cases, can become strangulated. This is where the hernia stays in place and becomes tightly squeezed as a result of doing so. The hernia is then compressed to the extent that blood is unable to flow into that area which can result in tissue death or damage to the internal organ.

A strangulated hernia requires emergency surgery.

So, it is better to have surgery now rather than running the risk of a strangulated hernia.

Find out more in our treatment for hernias section.

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