Harvard Men's Health Watch

When it's okay to delay hernia surgery

Up to 40% of men develop a groin hernia in their lifetimes. In the past, men were told to have the condition repaired to prevent a potentially dangerous complication, strangulated hernia. But strangulated hernia is actually relatively rare. Unless a hernia is causing distress or limiting a man’s activities, he can safely delay repair indefinitely.  
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