How do I Choose the Best Hernia Truss?

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The kind of hernia truss you need is determined by the kind of hernia you have and the level of compression required. Some of the things to look for are the type of truss you need, correct sizing, a lightweight design, and a truss that's easy of use. The material the truss is made from should be easy to clean and durable but also comfortable to wear.

Hernia trusses can take the form of briefs, girdles or support belts. By keeping the position and severity of your hernia in mind you should be able to choose the best kind of hernia truss. Briefs and girdle trusses are often used for more severe hernias or when the hernia is situated higher up on the abdomen. Support belts are most commonly used for hernias in the lower abdominal area and can feature detachable pads.

When purchasing a hernia support belt or truss it is important to note the number of pads, as some belts feature two pads instead of just one. Detachable pressure pads offer added versatility because the pads can be used on one or both sides. This feature is quite important if you suffer from a bilateral hernia, as you need a pad positioned on each side of the hernia.


The best hernia truss is one that is sized correctly or one that can be adjusted for a comfortable fit. These trusses are normally designed to fit quite snugly, so a loose fit is not recommended. Some trusses feature Velcro® fasteners which make the truss adjustable. This helps to ensure ease of use as well as a good fit.

A lightweight and low profile design is another important feature to look for when purchasing a truss. It is preferable for the truss to be completely invisible when worn under clothing.

Comfort is important when deciding between different hernia trusses, and the best way to ensure a comfortable fit is to choose a material that is easy on the skin. Hard edging could cause chafing, and this will lead to discomfort over time. It is also important to make sure there is no unwanted pressure in areas other than that of the hernia. Some trusses feature leg straps and these should be soft and very stretchable to ensure a comfortable fit.

A hernia truss should not impair movement or cause pain. The correct truss will not only help to reduce hernia related pain, but can gently push the hernia back and hold it in place. When wearing a hernia belt there should be no sudden or severe pain, and if you experience anything like this, you should remove the belt and seek medical attention.


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Post 3

A lot of people are afraid to have hernia operations, so they just ignore the condition and go on with their lives as long as they can. This makes no sense. My father had hernia surgery when he was in his 60s and he recovered without any complications.

As scary as surgery might be, I can't imagine walking around for yeas with my organs popping out of their linings. That's scarier than surgery and then some.

Post 2

@mobilian33 - I have a friend who had an abdominal hernia and it would pop out of place when he exerted himself. He was determined not to have a hernia operation. He bought a truss and wore it religiously, and he started doing abdominal exercises that were good at strengthening his muscles without putting too much strain on the hernia.

He says he is fine now and has no problem with the hernia, but he still keeps his midsection wrapped. He says this is because he feels naked without the wrap.

Post 1

I know that many people who have hernias end up having to get a hernia operation, but can't hernias heal on their own in some cases if you keep them wrapped so they will not be injured any further? In particular, can a hernia in the stomach area heal without surgery?

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