An inguinal hernia is a defect or tear in the muscles of the lower abdominal wall in the groin.
This defect or tear causes a bulge to appear in the lower abdomen, near the pubic bone.
An inguinal hernia may be accompanied by symptoms such as:
- Burning, gurgling, or aching sensation at the site of the bulge
- Pain or discomfort in the groin
- Weakness or pressure in the groin
- Inflammation in the scrotum surrounding the testicles may develop in men
- Bowel problems
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hernias a year.
The real danger of a hernia is that a segment of intestine can become trapped (incarcerated) and its blood supply can be compromised. Without emergency surgery, the intestine may strangulate and die which is very serious.
The cause of an inguinal hernia is unclear, though the condition may be prompted by factors such as heavy lifting, pregnancy, excess weight, and chronic coughing or sneezing.
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If an inguinal hernia enlarges or becomes painful then surgical treatment is usually recommended to prevent severe complications. Hernia repair usually requires placement of a synthetic mesh and can be performed as both a laparoscopic and open procedure. Our surgeons will determine which approach is better for you.