can hernias burst?
As a matter of fact, a hernia can burst. If the hernia were to burst open, it would cause intense pain at this point surgical repair becomes an emergency. See www.ehow.com/about_5040375_burst-hernia-symptoms.html for more on the same.
They can and they are EXTREMELY painful if and when they do, go STRAIGHT to the emergency room if this happens, my brother had one, trust me, it's bad!