Harvard Men's Health Watch

When it's okay to delay hernia surgery

Unless a hernia is causing you distress or limiting your activities, you can safely delay repair.

A dull ache and a lump in the groin or scrotum—these are the typical signs of an inguinal (groin) hernia. According to an August 2012 report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, about 40% of men will develop an inguinal hernia at some point in their lives.

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