An inguinal hernia will not heal on its own. If you have symptoms or the hernia is growing, you may need surgery.
are 2 types of surgery for an inguinal hernia: traditional open hernia repair
(herniorrhaphy) or laparoscopic hernia repair.
repair. Your surgeon will cut the skin at the groin. They will push the
bulging intestine back into your belly. Then, a stitch will close the opening in the
muscle wall. Sometimes your surgeon may fix the weak area and make it stronger with
mesh or wire (hernioplasty).
hernia repair. Your surgeon will make a few small cuts (incisions) in your
lower belly. They will insert a thin flexible tube (laparoscope) into one of the
cuts. The tube has a tiny video camera in it that is attached to a screen. This lets
your healthcare provider see inside your belly. They will use long thin tools in the
other cuts to repair the hernia with mesh.
Inguinal hernias that are not causing any symptoms can be closely watched. If symptoms
occur, your surgeon can repair the hernia through open surgery or laparoscopic surgery.
Some surgeons recommend repair of all groin hernias in women. This is because it can be
difficult to tell an inguinal hernia from a more complicated type of hernia (femoral
hernia) in women.
You will need surgery right away if your small intestine gets stuck in the groin (incarcerated hernia) or if blood supply to your small intestine is blocked (strangulated hernia).
In some cases a hernia may come back after surgery. This is less likely to happen when mesh is used to support the weak belly muscles.