A hernia is a soft bulge that can be apparent on physical exam, caused by an organ having found its way to somewhere it shouldn’t be, usually through damage to a muscle lining that holds the organ in place.
A surgically-implanted mesh patch can be used to treat a hernia. A surgeon first reduces the organ back into its proper spot. Then, the patch “covers up” the hole in the muscle wall where the organ had been bulging out of. Over a few months, the mesh patch disintegrates into the body. Patches used these days will eventually disappear completely, avoiding potential patient discomfort/infection of having a foreign fibrous patch in their body. By this time, it’s assumed the muscle wall has healed. This is evidenced by the lack of a bulging organ on physical exam.
However, it’s also stated everywhere that hernias can’t heal on their own without surgery. On the contrary, a dissolvable mesh patch implies that hernias can heal assuming the hernia remains reduced behind the muscle wall for a long period of time. Otherwise, the mesh would be a permanent implant, and not dissolve away over time.
Doesn’t the existence of a dissolvable mesh patch as a treatment for hernia imply that by keeping a hernia fully reduced for that time (using a hernia belt or other device), a person could also also permanently heal the hole in the muscle wall?