Do hernias go away on their own?

No, hernias will not go away on their own. A hernia can be repaired only through surgery. However, many patients delay their hernia repair for months or years.

According to medical experts, some patients with a hernia may not need surgery at all, especially if it’s a small hernia. So, if you have a small hernia, which doesn’t show any symptoms, or if the symptoms of your hernia aren’t bothersome, you may choose to wait for the symptoms to occur. However, consult your doctor if it’s okay for you to wait and watch for the symptoms.

It’s to be noted that with the due passage of time, hernias will grow bigger as the muscle wall of your stomach gets weaker and more and more tissues pushes through. Due to this reason, many times, doctors will recommend surgery as it would prevent a rare but dangerous issue called strangulation.

Therefore, speak with your doctor and wear a hernia belt to hold in your hernia until the time of your hernia surgery.

It’s to be noted that even if your hernia is not causing any symptoms, it’s essential that you have it evaluated by your doctor frequently. He/she will have to keep an eye on your hernia and re-evaluate even if it turns out to be slightly uncomfortable.