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Hernia Truss For Weak Muscles

July 24, 2010 by  
Filed under hernia underwear

A hernia truss is a device worn to protect an organ of the body from damage when weak muscular walls cause the organ to protrude, causing an unsightly and uncomfortable bulge. Trusses have been used as medical devices since the 19th century in America.

Approximately one in ten individuals suffer from the most common type of hernia called the hiatal hernia. In this condition, the stomach bulges through the walls of the diaphram and a truss is often prescribed to be worn to provide both protection and support for the area either before or after surgery to repair the hernia.

A truss works most efficiently when it is custom-fitted to the individual in order to provide a good fit as well as the proper amount of pressure and support. Some trusses look like wide belts while others resemble girdles, shorts or swim briefs. Buying a truss without regard to size and fit can actually make the hernia condition look and feel even worse.

Some pharmacies and medical supply stores can fit a patient with a proper-fitting truss, one that is neither too loose to do any good or too tight as to feel uncomfortable. Some trusses feature pads or metal devices to help keep pressure on the protruding organ. A patient who has been measured for a truss should try it out to make sure it feels comfortable for all-day wear and doesn't pinch, pull or bind anywhere.

Many hernia patients find that wearing a truss while going about their normal physical activities throughout a routine day or participating in physical activities such as sports helps give them the support they need to feel and look their best. A hernia truss is usually not recommended to wear while sleeping. The only exception to this is if the patient has a chronic cough that creates pain in the area of the hernia and needs muscular support even while sleeping to minimize the effect of coughing on the hernia.

A truss is not designed to be a permanent solution for a hernia, but rather to offer temporary support and comfort until the patient can have a surgeon correct the condition either through open repair or laparoscopic surgery. A physician's input should be sought regarding the necessity for wearing a truss after surgery until the area has completely healed.

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