What is an Inguinal Hernia?
An inguinal hernia is the protrusion of an organ occurring on one or both sides of the groin or scrotum. It’s most common in men.
What Causes an Inguinal Hernia?
Inguinal hernias can be caused by increased pressure in the abdomen or near the groin, excessive weight, or an already-weakened abdominal wall. In women, inguinal hernias can be caused by pregnancy due to pressure on the belly wall.
Symptoms of an Inguinal Hernia
- Swelling or bulge near the groin area
- Pain or discomfort when coughing, bending over or lifting
- Feeling of heaviness, tugging or burning in the area of hernia
Inguinal Hernia Treatments
Inguinal hernias can only be treated through surgery. Surgery can include:
Laparoscopic hernia surgery in which a small incision is made at or near the navel, a laparoscope and repairing instruments are inserted through an incision, then mesh is placed over the defect in order to reinforce the weakened or torn abdominal wall.