The only way to cure a hernia is to have repair surgery. A hernia will not go away on its own. The good news is that today, surgical hernia repairs are typically quick, easy, and even fairly comfortable.

Nevertheless, you may be wondering if you can avoid surgery. If you have a hernia but aren't experiencing painful symptoms, it’s still important for you to see your doctor and decide on a treatment plan.

Goals of Surgery

When repairing a hernia, a surgeon has several goals:

  • Repair the hernia with a minimum of operative and post-operative discomfort
  • Provide an effective repair
  • Maintain the lowest possible recurrence rate
  • Give the patient a repair that allows him or her to rapidly return to normal activities

Today's State-of-the-Art Approach to Hernia Repair

Did you know that hernia surgery has changed dramatically in the last few years? Today, most hernia repairs:

  • Can be performed quickly
  • Don’t require a hospital stay
  • Result in minimal discomfort after surgery

Today, most people who have hernia repair surgery are able to return to their normal activities within a few weeks-and sometimes within a few days-of surgery.

All surgical procedures are associated with some risk. Talk to your surgeon prior to surgery about possible risks and complications.