Can a Hernia Belt Help an Inguinal Hernia?

Can a Hernia Belt Help an Inguinal Hernia?

What is an Inguinal Hernia?

An inguinal hernia is the most common type of hernia, and occurs when tissue, such as part of the intestine, protrudes through a weak spot or tear in the abdominal groin muscles. Most inguinal hernias are caused by an opening in the muscle wall that did not properly close before birth, leaving a weak spot in the stomach muscles. Once internal pressure is applied to this area, it may cause a hernia that can be painful, especially when you cough, bend over or lift a heavy object. Inguinal hernias are more common in men.

What is a Hernia Belt?

A hernia belt, also known as a hernia truss, is a supportive undergarment for men that is designed to keep the protruding tissue from popping out and relieve discomfort. Although a hernia belt or truss may provide temporarily inguinal hernia relief, they do not aid in the treatment or repair of the hernia. In fact, they may make the hernia condition worse, and lead to unwanted side effects. Hernia belts and trusses were a favored remedy in the past, when hernia surgery was complex, dangerous and provided limited results, but are generally viewed as old-fashioned today.

Hernias do not go away on their own, and surgery is the only means to repair an inguinal hernia. If hernia belts and trusses are used at all, they should be seen as a bridge to future surgery, and not an alternative to surgery. If your hernia is causing discomfort, don’t rely on a hernia truss. See your doctor to discuss treatment options.

If you are experiencing hernia symptoms or have questions regarding the types of hernia surgery available, call Avalon Hernia today at (626) 310-0772 for a consultation with a hernia expert.



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