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advice from people who have had an inguinal hernia

Do I Need To Wear A Truss For My Hernia?

This is one of the questions we are most frequently asked about hernias treatment, especially by men who feel that their inguinal hernia is quite small and insignificant. Our answer is this.

An inguinal hernia is a part of your intestine bulging through a gap or tear in the muscles of your intestinal wall. When intestines continue to protrude through this gap, they prevent that tear or rupture from healing itself. It’s like trying to heal a cut while keeping your finger permanently in it.

A good hernia support isn’t just helpful to prevent pain and/or discomfort – it forms part of an inguinal hernia treatment by keeping the intestine inside, where it belongs, and so gives the edges of the rupture a chance to come together and hopefully to knit back together again. As far as hernias treatment is concerned, it’s a bit like wearing a plaster cast to support a broken leg while it heals.

To be effective, your hernia support or truss must have pads that remain in contact with your hernia at all times, and do not intrude into the aperture. Rounded pads that bulge inwards can both hinder healing and cause scarring to the edges of the hernia. The Flat Pad Support was designed to support the hernia without intruding into it.

Will Wearing A Support Or Truss Make My Muscles Lazy?
Some individuals are worried that wearing a support will make their muscles lazy. This is completely unfounded and unproven. If it were true, people would not be reporting that their hernias have healed (see Anthony’s story below).

An exercise programme is also an important part of hernias treatment to help heal an inguinal hernia. It is easier to do the exercises if the bulge is controlled by wearing a support.

When Not To Wear A Support
You should not wear a support if your hernia cannot be pushed all the way back in, or if the support causes any pain or discomfort.

Will wearing a support increase the risk of strangulation?
We have not found any evidence that strangulation of the hernia can occur if the hernia is properly supported and kept in. But as always, do check with your doctor if you are experiencing any discomfort or if you are not sure whether your hernia is properly “in”.

Is it true that hernias treatment requires surgery to prevent strangulation?
Strangulation occurs when the gap through which the intestine protrudes, closes up too tightly around the protruding intestine. This may be caused by muscular tension or by the gap attempting to heal. Although there are not yet clinical trials to prove this, wearing a support to keep the intestine inside the abdomen makes it much less likely that strangulation will occur.

More information about the Flat Pad Inguinal Hernia Support from the Support Company

For more information about whether a hernia can heal itself, please visit this section of our Forum.


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April 7, 2010 - Posted by | Inguinal hernia, Keeping hernia in, Wearing a support |

10 Comments »

  1. Craig;

    Thank you for this site which I just discovered after purchasing a truss this afternoon. I developed a hernia about five weeks ago and soon found the Falcon Blanco YouTube where he shows many healing exercises which I began practicing immediately, along with healing affirmations. The hernia has been healing already, but it wasn’t until yesterday that I read on his q and a that one should be wearing a truss when not doing the exercises! It makes perfect sense, of course. I am confident of the hernia completely healing. I will now read more deeply your material and ask for your kind suggestions if I have any questions.
    Blessings,
    Michael Disend

    Comment by Michael Disend | June 6, 2009 | Reply

  2. Michael

    Thanks for your comments.

    We recommend that you wear a support at all times until the hernia is not apparent when you are standing. Even the slightest bulge means you should be putting on a support as a few hours of bulging can undo days of exercise benefit.

    the exercises at http://www.groin-hernia.com/herniabible/exercises.html are designed to be performed without the need for a support as long as the hernia is completely ‘in’ at the beginning – however, if you are doing ’10′ or ’11′ the ‘Prone’ or the ‘Tummy Lift’ and you feel the hernia emerging discontinue the exercise or do it with a support in place. The important thing is to take it very slowly and make sure your hernia really is closed before not wearing a support.

    best wishes
    Craig

    Comment by Craig | June 9, 2009 | Reply

  3. I got an reducible inguinal small hernia about a couple weeks ago. I have been walking every day for 45 minutes plus, doing Falcon Blanco exercises daily, wearing a truss all day long, takingh some supplements like Calcium and magnesium and basically taking it easy. I work in an office on my desk.
    The hardest is when I take a shower, since I do not use a truss, the hernia comes out.
    So far I do not see any progress. Will anybody suggest anything else that may be helpful. Thank you for your comments.

    Comment by Luis | January 19, 2010 | Reply

    • You might want to check out the whole Herniabible program at http://www.herniabible.com. Eating the right foods is important too, as the wrong diet, too much pressure inside the digestive system and so on, may be part of why you got the hernia. Make sure you wear the right kind of truss, with flat pads that hold in the hernia without intruding into the aperture. Be patient for a while – it can take some months before you see a difference.

      Comment by herniabible | January 22, 2010 | Reply

  4. I have inguinal hernia on both sides, since more then ten years. they always pop up as soon as I get up in the morning. I do not use any belt, sometimes my left one gives me extreem pain when gas is trapped. and it losts several hours. would like to have your comments on this.
    thanking you in advance
    Andrew

    Comment by Andrew | January 24, 2010 | Reply

    • Most hernia pain is caused by pressure from the intestinal contents. The advice given in the Herniabible program at http://www.herniabible.com can help to prevent this. The longer a hernia is unsupported, the bigger it will tend to get over time, and the greater the possibility that the muscles may close around the intestine and cut off the circulation. This is called strangulation and requires emergency surgery. We always recommend wearing a hernia support. The Flat Pad support is best as the pads don’t intrude into the aperture.

      Comment by herniabible | January 25, 2010 | Reply

  5. Should I wear the hernia support belt at night when I sleep? Thank you in advance for the answer!

    Comment by Dewey | March 9, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi, the Flat Pad support from the Support Company is worn only during the daytime. However if you have a severe night-time cough it is advisable to wear it during the night too until the cough clears up.

      Comment by herniabible | March 10, 2010 | Reply

  6. Where can I buy a truss? And how much is it. I been have hernia for about 6 months now. And my job requires standing for long periods of time. And since I won’t be getting surgery for about another to months from now I need something to help me keep going till then.

    Comment by jaime | July 9, 2012 | Reply


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