Over-the-counter pain medicine. Medicines such as acetaminophen (a-seet-a-MIN-oh-fen) or ibuprofen (eye-bu-PROH-fen) may help decrease discomfort from your hernia.
Ask your caregiver which over-the-counter pain medicine is right for you.
Always tell your caregiver if you have new or worsening pain in the area of your hernia.
Reduction. Laying flat may help your hernia go back into your abdomen on its own.
If this doesn't work, your caregiver may be able to gently push your hernia back into the abdomen.
This is called a reduction of the hernia.
To make this easier, your caregiver may have you lie down with your hips higher than your head.
An ice pack may also be used over the area if there's swelling.
A truss is an elastic belt or brief that you wear to keep the hernia area flat.
It won't prevent other serious problems that a hernia may cause.
A truss should only be worn if your caregiver tells you to do so.
Hernias that are painful, large, or getting larger may require surgical repair.
Without surgery, hernias often get worse over time.
Usually you can schedule surgery at your convenience, but some hernias may need surgery right away.