Did you know that inguinal hernias are common, especially in males? Well,  one out of four males can develop inguinal hernias at some point in their lives. Most people develop hernias at an older age, around 70-85. For a proper diagnosis and evaluation of the type of your hernia, you’ll need a certified surgeon. But before moving on further details, let’s see what an inguinal hernia is actually.

Inguinal Hernia

An inguinal hernia occurs mostly when your small intestine or a small part of fat bulges out of a vulnerable area in your lower abdomen region. Inguinal hernias can either bulge out of the inguinal canals located around the groin or through other passageways known as femoral canals. In such instances, the peritoneum, an abdominal cavity, swells and forms a sac around the hernia.

Direct inguinal hernias occur because of the weak inguinal canal wall whereas, an indirect inguinal hernia is congenital, occurs at the time of birth through an opening in the inguinal canal, and can develop later in life.

Signs And Symptoms

In males, inguinal hernias appear as a bulge in the scrotum. Patients might feel discomfort, pain, burning, and swelling in the groin area. They may also experience an elevation in pain and discomfort when they lift, strain, cough, or stand for a long time. Sometimes the pain lessens when the patients rest or lay down for a while.

Inguinal hernias can get dangerous if they can’t be pushed back into the abdomen via a trained physician. Such a hernia can get strangulated and even disrupt the blood flow. Signs of a strangulated hernia include fever, bloating, redness, swelling, nausea, and vomiting.

History/Genetics

Patients with a history of prostate issues or surgical removal of the prostate gland may be more likely to get an inguinal hernia. Moreover, a family history of inguinal hernias can also make people more vulnerable to potential hernia occurrences.

However, it doesn’t mean that someone without a history can’t develop an inguinal hernia. This is why it’s important to get in touch with a doctor as soon as you suspect something.

Treatment

Most of the time, an inguinal hernia requires surgery. Only a trained surgeon can repair the hernia either via minimally invasive robotic or laparoscopic surgery or open surgery. Only a certified surgeon can determine which type of surgery is required for the patient after a careful evaluation of the patients’ particular case and family medical history.

In the minimally invasive option, the doctor makes small incisions and uses certain tools and equipment to repair the hernia. With the minimally invasive procedure, the recovery time is shorter in comparison with open surgery. Patients can get back to their normal routine in just a week. Pain and discomfort may be present after the surgery, yet they go away quickly with the help of medications.

If you or any of your loved ones is suspecting a hernia, it’s best to get in touch with a specialist. At Houston Weight Loss, we are the specialists in minimally invasive surgeries and laparoscopic surgeries for inguinal hernia. To learn more about it, you can always give us a call and book your one-on-one discussion with Dr. Wadiwala right away!

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