A hernia belt or truss is designed to keep the contents of your hernia inside the abdominal wall. This is accomplished by the application of pressure over the hernia, much like you can do with your hand, when the hernia is uncomfortable. Many patients have used hernia belts safely as a bridge to hernia surgery. Some patients may have travel or business plans when their hernia is first diagnosed. When supervised by a physician, the hernia belt can be used to minimize symptoms and the need for immediate surgery. These belts are safe and effective; however, surgery is still the best way to avoid an emergency situation. In our practice we see many patients who have used a hernia truss for weeks to years. We recommend the use of a truss as a bridge to, not instead of surgery. For the truss to work, it must be worn properly as to not push onto a hernia. Please come in for an evaluation if you are in the Boston area and would like to learn about your treatment options.