What is an inguinal hernia?

An inguinal hernia is a condition where a portion of the intestines or abdominal tissues protrudes through a weak point or tear in the lower abdominal wall, near the groin area. This can often cause a visible bulge or swelling, and may cause discomfort or pain in the affected area. Inguinal hernias are more common in men and can be caused by factors such as heavy lifting, strain, or chronic coughing.

What are the symptoms of an inguinal hernia?

The symptoms of an inguinal hernia may include a bulge or swelling in the groin area that can become more pronounced when standing, coughing, or lifting heavy objects. Pain or discomfort in the groin area, especially when bending over or during exercise, can also be a symptom of an inguinal hernia. You may also experience a feeling of pressure or weakness in the groin area, as well as constipation, nausea, or vomiting in more severe cases. 

What is the treatment of an inguinal hernia in private?

The treatment for an inguinal hernia in private usually involves surgical repair. There are two main types of surgery for inguinal hernias: open surgery and laparoscopic surgery. In open surgery, the surgeon makes an incision in the groin area and repairs the hernia through the incision. In laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon makes several small incisions and repairs the hernia using a small camera and surgical instruments. Recovery time and potential complications depend on the type of surgery and the severity of the hernia.

If you suspect you may have an inguinal hernia, it’s important to schedule an appointment with our general surgeon at UnionMD for a diagnosis and treatment plan.