TriStar Greenview - June 18, 2018
by Dr. Michael Campbell

If you think you may have a hernia, know that most hernias do not heal on their own, but actually get worse over time. Dr. Michael Campbell, general surgeon at TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital, shares hernia treatment options:

How are hernias treated?

Different types of hernias have different treatment methods.

Inguinal hernias, located in the lower abdomen, are treated with laparoscopic surgery. Your surgeon will put small incisions in the abdomen, fill the belly up full of air and put a camera inside. From there, we can actually see the hernia and place patch over the defect to keep the organs from protruding out through the muscle wall.

This minimally-invasive approach is completed through robotic surgical technology.

Can hernias heal naturally?

Most hernias will not heal on their own. Now will it grow? If people care for themselves, it might stay stable over time. In my experience, most hernias always require surgical intervention at some point.

When to have surgery is a personal decision, and people weigh in their lifestyles and ability to do day-to-day activities on a case-by-case basis.

Is it urgent to treat a hernia? Can surgery wait? What are the repercussions of waiting?

I recommend to urgently treat hernias that may affect intestines. These hernias can lead to emergency surgery, so the earlier we repair, the better.

If someone has been dealing with a hernia for a year or two, they usually see a physician once the pain or bulge gets in the way of their daily routine.