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05-03-2011, 11:27 AM
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I had a double hernia and was fine without surgery. Basically what the doctor said was that you can be more certain of avoiding complications through surgery, but most people can live and play sports without treatment. If you are only experiencing a bit of tenderness and a small bulge, there is nothing to be seriously concerned about. If it becomes aggravated and requires surgery, you will know by the sudden increase in pain and should go to the hospital IMMEDIATELY.

After a couple weeks the swelling went down and life was back to normal. Definitely take it easy, though, you don't want to make matters any worse by pushing yourself. Hockey in particular tends to cause sports hernias, so you absolutely want to stay off skates until you feel back to normal.

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