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Is surgery the only way to repair a hernia?

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The only true cure for a hernia is surgery, but, depending on the severity and size of the hernia, there are often other options to manage the pain, according to the Hernia Resource Center. These include reducing activity and weight and using trusses or binders.

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Is surgery the only way to repair a hernia?
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A reducible hernia (one that can be pushed back in without difficulty) can usually be managed without surgery, but it may still cause pain, says the Hernia Resource Center. A hernia that grows or causes part of the intestine to get trapped usually requires surgery to fix, but sometimes it is possible for a doctor to watch the hernia on routine visits to make sure it does not grow in size, Medicine.net notes. To manage pain, doctors sometimes offer trusses, corsets or binders that put pressure on the skin and stomach. These may cause discomfort to the skin and can even cause infection.

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