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Can a hernia be repaired without surgery?

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Most hernias are not able to be repaired without surgery, according to NYU Langone Medical Center. Some umbilical hernias in babies self-correct within four years, WebMD states. Without surgery, the blood supply of the herniated organ often is cut off, or strangulated, which leads to infection and tissue death.

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If the strangulated hernia is in the intestines, a blockage occurs and the abdomen swells, explains WebMD. The subsequent infection sometimes causes gangrene, intestinal perforation, shock or death. A truss, which consists of a belt with a pad to hold the hernia in place, should only be used as a temporary solution until surgery is performed.

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