Hernia repair may be recommended for:
- Large bulges through a small hole (increased risk of incarceration and strangulation).
- Painful hernia. Inguinal hernia repair is indicated when the bulge through the inguinal canal is large or painful.
Review Date 9/17/2016
Updated by: Debra G. Wechter, MD, FACS, general surgery practice specializing in breast cancer, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.