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October 30, 2022

The Truth About Hernia Belts

For years, hernia belts have been touted as the miracle cure for hernias. But what does the science say? Do hernia belts actually work, or are they just a waste of money? Let's take a closer look.

How Hernia Belts Work (Or Not)

Hernia belts are usually made of a Stretchy fabric with a built-in pad that applies pressure to the hernia. The theory is that by applying pressure to the hernia, it will help reduce the bulge and prevent further injury.

There are two main types of hernia belts: intermittent and constant wear. Intermittent wear belts are typically worn for a few hours at a time, while constant wear belts can be worn all day long.

Do Hernia Belts Really Help?

The jury is still out on whether or not hernia belts are actually effective. There is some evidence to suggest that they can help reduce discomfort and promote healing in some cases. However, there is also some evidence to suggest that they can do more harm than good.

For example, one study found that patients who wore hernia belts had a significantly higher rate of recurrence than those who did not wear them. Another study found that hernia belt use was associated with an increased risk of incarcerated hernias.

So, should you buy a hernia belt? The answer may depend on your individual situation. If you're experiencing discomfort from your hernia, it may be worth trying a belt to see if it helps. However, if you're not experiencing any symptoms, there's no need to use one. As always, be sure to talk to your doctor before making any decisions about your health.

This blog post has covered the truth about hernia belts, to help you evaluate if it's the right choice for you. Talk to your doctor about which hernia treatment plan is right for you, or contact Hernia Innovations where we specialize in Hernia Surgery Treatments for patients like you. Contact us today for an appointment by sending us a message or calling us at (925) 940-1020.