How does a truss increase my risk for complications with my hernia?

A truss cannot be used to treat all hernias. If you are wearing a truss, your risk for an incarcerated or strangulated hernia does increase if the truss has not been fitted properly for your hernia. Wearing a truss for long periods of time increases your risk of developing a hernia complication. Using the wrong type of truss for your hernia and wearing a truss when sleeping may also increase your risk for complications. Do not use a truss to treat a large hernia or in place of hernia surgery. Always talk to your doctor before using a truss to reduce your risk for severe complications that can be life-threatening.

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