Reply To: Surgery VS Watchful Waiting
Dear Dr. Kang,
I have a few questions regarding your comments on “so-called hidden hernias”:
Do you believe that hidden hernias are the first stages of a ‘real’ hernia? Or are they something else entirely?
I’ve had groin pain for 4 years but no visible or palpable bulge. Two years ago, an ultrasound revealed a small, 6mm indirect inguinal hernia. Is it your opinion that it should not be repaired? If so, is this because open, non-mesh surgery is not possible for hidden hernias – and that you don’t recommend laparoscopic repair with mesh? Or do you believe my pain is likely caused by something else?
Also, do you believe that this hernia will inevitably grow bigger and that a bulge will eventually appear? If so, would it not be better to get it repaired while it is small – particularly as it is symptomatic?