How long can I wear a truss to support my hernia?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

When fitted properly, a truss can be worn during the day to prevent the hernia from bulging through the abdomen wall. If a doctor prescribes a truss, they will approve a length of time to wear it and whether the truss should be used when sleeping. A truss should not be worn in place of hernia surgery. Using a truss to support your hernia, over time, can lead to serious hernia complications including incarceration of the hernia. An incarcerated hernia is one that has become trapped outside the abdomen opening. In severe cases an incarcerated hernia can become pinched, a risk that increases with trusses that are worn improperly. A hernia that is pinched or strangulated is a serious medical condition that requires immediate medical attention.

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