My former 27 weeker Imani (born at 2 lbs 2 oz) is now 6 months actual, 3 months adjusted (16 lbs). 2 days after we came home (at 2 months actual), we discovered she had an inguinal hernia on the left side of her groin. We met with the surgeon that week, and she scheduled our surgery to be in 5 months time. Fast forward to now, and we are about a month away from surgery. But for the past couple of months, I have not seen the hernia at all. Even when she's crying and straining, I no longer see her hernia during diaper changes. Today we saw the surgeon for a recheck and to discuss surgery, and I was wondering if the surgery was still necessary. She said that inguinal hernias don't go away, and though the rish of incarceration is low, she would still like to do the surgery. I want a second opinion, but I don't know of any other Children's Hospitals in San Diego, CA.
Is it possible for a inguinal hernia to fix itself and not require surgery?