Why Repair a Hernia?
The primary reason to repair a hernia is if it is symptomatic. Hernias often cause significant pain. Exercise and long periods of standing can be strenuous. Athletes often have difficulty performing at 100% and are no longer competitive. Intercourse can be painful. Also, the bulge can increase in size to the point that it is easily visible through clothes and thus becomes an embarrassment.
The most serious problem with a hernia occurs if the intestines get stuck (incarcerated) in the hernia. Luckily, this is rare. But when it does happen, incarcerations require an emergency operation. Indirect inguinal hernias and femoral hernias have a higher risk of incarceration than direct inguinal hernias. Another reason to repair a hernia is if you travel to countries with inadequate medical care. Asymptomatic hernias do not require repair.
Learn more about Dr. Brown’s approach to hernia repair without mesh. Contact Dr. Brown today.