Trusses are devices worn around the groin somewhat like an athletic
supporter, or jockstrap. They are made of soft padding and spring steel or of
elastic. Some trusses are like a belt that can be tightened. All devices apply
gentle pressure to push hernias back into the abdomen.
Talk with your doctor before wearing a truss for a
hernia. These devices are not recommended for treating
hernias and sometimes can do more harm than good. There may be certain
situations when your doctor thinks a truss would work, but these are
You should use a truss for a hernia only with monitoring by a
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