A hernia occurs when an organ or tissue bulges through a tear or weakness in the muscular wall of the abdomen. There are different types of hernias, but inguinal hernias are the most common. Once a patient is diagnosed with a hernia, the most common question is, “Will it heal on its own?”
Some hernias are small and don’t cause any symptoms. In this case, your physician may monitor the hernia and give you some ideas on how you can prevent it from worsening. If your hernia is large and causing symptoms, your physician may recommend surgery.
Hernias tend to worsen over time and in some cases, if left untreated, can cause serious complications. Your physician will complete a thorough evaluation that may include a CT scan or an MRI to ensure an accurate diagnosis. Many patients are good candidates for advanced laparoscopic hernia repair. This type of surgery involves a few small incisions which is less invasive and results in a quicker recovery.
So, unfortunately, hernias do not go away on their own. Hernia surgery, however, is a very effective form of treatment. If you think you may have a hernia, call and make an appointment today. Dr. Vohra can discuss different options and create a treatment plan specifically for you.
Dr. Rajeev Vohra is a board-certified Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He specializes in laparoscopic and bariatric procedures and has successfully performed more than 10,000 surgeries over his 30+ year career. Dr. Vohra has dedicated his career to providing patients in New York with the highest quality and most compassionate care.