How Long Can You Delay Surgery for an Abdominal Hernia?

Inguinal hernias, or hernias in the groin, do not require surgical intervention and can be clinically managed in males if they do not cause pain or discomfort. One clinical study reported by Fox News showed a group of men who were able to delay surgery for up to four years.

Delaying surgery is not recommended for women. Women are more likely to experience femoral hernias, which lead to serious complications. Hernias that cause pain should be surgically treated. Hernia surgery is necessary when the hernia becomes incarcerated or strangulated. Incarcerated hernias are trapped outside the abdominal wall, which can cut off the blood supply to the hernia and obstruct the bowel, resulting in a strangulated hernia, according to Healthgrades.