What Should I Do if My Hernia Isn't Causing Problems?

Have you recently noticed a lump that pokes out of your abdomen or groin area? It could be a hernia. Our team of skilled surgeons at South Florida Surgical Group in Miami, Florida repairs hernias in men and women of all ages. Learn more about hernias and what to do if yours isn’t causing any problems.

What is a hernia? 

A hernia occurs when tissues or organs poke through a weak or torn muscle in your abdomen or groin area. The different types of hernias include:

If you have a hernia, you may notice a lump, bump, or bulge in one of those areas that seems to disappear when you lie down. Some people don’t realize they have a hernia until they have a medical exam. That’s because they often don’t have any symptoms until the hernia grows larger and starts causing pain or discomfort. 

If you think you have a hernia, it’s important to get checked out by a doctor to rule out other conditions. Once you know it definitely is a hernia, you can decide on a course of action. 

What to do if your hernia isn’t causing problems

If your hernia isn’t causing any pain, nausea, or disruption in your normal activities, you may decide to watch it for a while. If you feel it popping out every so often, some people just gently push it back in, and that’s okay. Here are a few things you can do to keep your hernia from bothering you:


Eventually, the day will come when you need to do something about your hernia because it won’t go away on its own. You may have digestive issues like acid reflux or nausea, or be uncomfortable or in a lot of pain. See your doctor right away if you have severe pain and fever, or trouble going to the bathroom. Your hernia could be cutting off blood flow or blocking part of your intestine. 

It’s best to have your hernia taken care of before it gets worse. Dr. Michael Renfrow and Dr. Steven Kanter treat hernias with different types of surgeries. The method used depends on where your hernia is located and how severe it is.

If you’re ready to book a consultation at South Florida Surgical Group, use our convenient online booking tool or call 305-279-9522 today.

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