An inguinal hernia is the most common type of hernia. It is more common in men.
It occurs when part of the intestine or fatty tissue enters the groin region or the top of the inner thigh, resulting in a bulge and pain. Some inguinal hernias are congenital. Others occur due to aging or physical strain.
Doctors use a physical exam and may use imaging studies, such as an ultrasound or a CT scan, to make a diagnosis.
At present, the only treatment for a hernia is surgery. In addition to causing pain, they can trap, wrap around, or “strangle” part of the intestine, reducing the blood supply to the intestines. If left untreated, this would lead to severe pain, nausea, vomiting, and bowel obstruction and would require emergency surgery.
Most inguinal hernias need to be repaired surgically. Our surgeons are experienced in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery techniques using small incisions. This method allows for:
Typically, surgeons make three small incisions near the umbilicus (belly button) and lower abdomen. They reduce the hernia and restore normal anatomy to the groin. Then they apply a piece of mesh over the area to support the repair. Some bilateral inguinal hernias can be repaired during the same operation, using the same incisions.
Most patients are discharged the same day. When you go home: