Hernia Support FAQ’s


A hernia belt is easiest applied while laying down, which naturally reduces the hernia. When applied correctly, the secured belt will sit around the hips with the pad applying a consistent and comfortable amount of pressure to prevent the hernia from protruding and reduce pain.

Truform 2936 Hernia Belt
Truform 2936 Hernia Belt

How to Put on a Hernia Belt

  1. Attach the under-leg strap, this is the thin solid grey strap.
  2. Insert the thin grey strap through the top slot in the metal buckle. Insert the strap so that when it comes through the slot it is coming towards you.
  3. Loop the strap down and through the second slot, (this is the slot with the vampire teeth.) Now, pull the grey strap through the bottom slot, away from your body.
  4. Pull just enough of the strap through the bottom slot so that it stays there. You will adjust the fit once the belt is fastened around your hips.
  5. Attach the belt around your hips
  6. Step through the opening you have just created by attaching the under-leg strap and pull the belt up to your hip area. Reach around and grab the belt, pulling it across your lower back so that it is sitting around your hips.
  7. Lay down so that your hernia is reduced.
  8. Secure the belt around your hips by placing the hole in the clip over the pin located on top of the pad. You can make the waist band tighter by adjusting the clip on the waist band. To make the waist band tighter or looser you will lift of on the top of the metal and slide it along the belt accordingly. Do not overly tighten your hernia belt.
  9. Once the belt is secured around your hips you can stand up and adjust the under-leg strap by pulling gently on the strap. Pulling down on this strap will set the teeth and lock it into position.

How to Apply a Hernia Belt Without Laying Down

While laying down to apply a hernia belt makes the process easier, it’s not the only way. If you are unable to lay down to put on your hernia belt, you can:

  1. Place your hand over the hernia and gently push it in.
  2. Replace your hand with the pad and hold the pad in place while securing the belt onto the clip with your other hand.
  3. Once the belt is securely fastened you can gently readjust the position of the hernia, if it slipped out during the application process.

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Why does a hernia hurt?

The discomfort you feel comes from the constant pressure of tissue pushing its way through the weakened spot in your body. As more tissue pushes through the weakened area, the feeling of pressure increases. A hernia that develops or worsens quickly can produce a sudden intense pain as it enlarges.

What can be done to prevent a hernia?

There is not any one thing that can be done to prevent a hernia.  Most of the factors that lead to a hernia are beyond the control of the individual. However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and a balanced diet can’t hurt!

Do hernias go away?

An untreated hernia will not get better on its own, even though it may not seem to get worse for months or even years.  A reducible hernia can be easily pushed back in or flattened and is generally not an immediate danger to your health, although it can be painful.  A non-reducible hernia, however, can become life-threatening if part of the intestine gets trapped or strangulated in the opening.  We recommend consulting with a physician if you suspect you have a hernia or if you are experiencing unusual pain and discomfort.

Who gets hernias?

Hernias can develop over time when the abdominal lining doesn’t close properly at birth. Most commonly however, hernias develop later in life when muscles weaken or deteriorate due to factors such as aging, strenuous physical activity or coughing that accompanies smoking.  Hernias in the groin area are most common in men, and hernias in the femoral area occur most often in women.

How is a hernia repaired?

Surgery is the only cure for a hernia. Limiting activity or eliminating excess weight may provide temporary relief, however whether you should have surgery or not should  be determined by your doctor.

What are the symptoms of a hernia?

Symptoms of a hernia include pain or discomfort and a localized swelling somewhere on the surface of the abdomen or in the groin area.

Other symptoms include:

  • Pain or discomfort in your groin, especially when bending over, coughing or lifting
  • A heavy or dragging sensation in your groin
  • Occasionally, in men, pain and swelling in the scrotum around the testicles when the protruding intestine descends into the scrotum

What types of hernias are there?

The two most common types of hernia are the inguinal hernia or “groin hernia” and the umbilical hernia. Other types of hernias include epigastric, incisional, lumbar, internal and spigellian.

What is a hernia?

A hernia is an opening or weakness in the muscular structure of the wall of the abdomen. This defect causes a bulging of the abdominal wall. The bulging is usually more noticeable when the abdominal muscles are tightened, thereby increasing pressure in the abdomen.

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