Hernias do not go away on their own. Patients may be able to tolerate the pain and discomfort of a hernia, but hernias can worsen if left untreated. If you have an incisional or inguinal hernia, your Florida Hospital physician will discuss hernia surgery options with you.
If you have a hiatal hernia, your Florida Hospital physician may recommend a specific diet for hernia to reduce stomach acid. Typically, this is the only treatment needed for hiatal hernia, medication may be prescribed to reduce acid or to strengthen the lower portion of the esophagus that opens and closes to prevent acid regurgitation. In some cases of hiatal hernia, surgery is required to reduce the hernia size or to prevent the hernia from strangulating (twisting) and cutting off blood supply to the stomach.
Repairing an inguinal hernia is done surgically, usually with a procedure called herniorrhaphy. During this procedure, the hole through which the bulge protrudes is repaired. If necessary, steel mesh or wire is used to reinforce this repaired weak area in a procedure called hernioplasty.
In some cases, hernia repair can be performed with laparoscopic surgery, during which a flexible, thin tube with tiny video cameras attached to it is inserted through multiple small incisions in the abdomen. Surgeons are able to insert instruments into the laparoscope to repair the hernia, resulting in a less invasive procedure and shorter recovery time.
It is sometimes necessary to remove – or resect – a portion of the intestine if it has become twisted or is trapping stool.