(1) Uncomplicated inguinal hernia. Until surgery can be performed, follow
(a) Bed rest for 24 hours.
(b) Light diet.
Mild analgesics (medicine for pain).
(d) Cold packs.
(e) No pressure on the bulging mass.
Complicated inguinal hernia. Follow this treatment until surgery can be
(a) The patient must have absolute bed rest. Be sure his knees are
(b) Begin intravenous therapy and allow the patient no food by mouth.
(c) Place the patient in the Trendelenburg position to reduce the
possibility of shock and to decrease pressure on organs inside the abdomen.
(d) Scrotal support.
(e) Surgical consultation.
3-10. PREVENTION OF HERNIAS
It really isn't possible to prevent a hernia. Even a cough or a sneeze can cause a
weak spot to give way, allow organs to go through a hole, thus producing a hernia.
There are, however, some precautions that are good for many parts of the body and
which may prevent a hernia from occurring. Precautions include the following:
a. Don't plunge into heavy work suddenly. Condition your body slowly by
gradually strengthening your muscles over a period of weeks.
b. Carry and support heavy objects on your shoulders not on your hips. Do not
reach over your shoulders to lift heavy objects.
c. Follow this procedure to lift something heavy. Squat with bent knees and a
straight back, your feet about a foot apart and close to the object. Lift the object close
to your body. Hold the object against you and stand by straightening your knees. Avoid
lifting heavy objects by yourself, if possible. Have someone else help you or use a