inguinal hernia

Inguinal Hernia

An Inguinal hernia occurs when part of the intestine or omentum protrudes through a weak area in your groin(groin is the area between your abdomen & your thigh)

Most inguinal hernias happen because an opening in the muscle wall does not close as it should before birth.

They are very common in men (Lifetime risk 27% for men, 3% for women).

Risk factors:

  •  Overweight.
  •  Lifting heavyweights.
  •  A chronic cough.
  •  Excessive straining because of constipation/difficulty in passing urine.

What do you notice?
A bulge in the groin or scrotum, which is more noticeable while standing up/ coughing.
(The bulge may form over a period of weeks or months, or it may appear all of a sudden after you have been lifting heavy weights, coughing or straining).

Treatment: Surgery

In open surgery, a cut is made and the lump is pushed back and the muscle gap is sutured and reinforced with a prosthetic mesh.

Laparoscopic surgery is usually reserved for bilateral hernias and recurrent hernias.