In contrast to umbilical hernia, inguinal hernia seldomly resolves spontaneously and may potentially lead to complications including abdominal organs being stuck in the hernia. Therefore, early surgical treatment is suggested.
The operation involves closing the persistent tunnel under general anaesthesia. It can be performed either by the open or laparoscopic methods. The operating surgeon would assess the condition of each individual and discuss with the parents for the method which is more suitable for their child.