Inguinal Hernia Treatment: Small, asymptomatic inguinal hernias can be monitored without surgery with ‘watchful
waiting.’ When there are symptoms, surgery is usually recommended. Additionally, all
children born with inguinal hernias should have their hernia repaired.
Surgery can be performed with an open technique (larger incision) or a laparoscopic
technique/Minimally Invasive (several small incisions) using a camera and long instruments. There are many
variations of repair, many of which will include placing a piece of hernia mesh between
the layers of muscle to block the hole and keep anything from bulging through. This
mesh is usually made up of synthetic plastic, polyester, or biologic/organic
material. Small children undergoing hernia repair typically do not have
mesh repairs because they are still growing, and the mesh won’t grow with them.