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A 48-year-old member asked:

I had an ultra sound today and was told i have an hernia in the abdomen, right side low near groin. is surgery usually necessary to repair? i

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 46 years experience
Maybe: Although most inguinal (groin) hernias get repaired - and hernia repair is one of the most common operations in the US - there are numerous medical studies that show that many hernias can be watched closely and repaired only if symptoms require it. Talk with your doctor - if you are having symptoms or your work and/or activities are limited by the hernia, you should probably have it fixed.
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Dr. Peter Lydon
General Surgery 41 years experience
Possibly: Small, asymptomatic inguinal hernias in men can be safely watched. Repair only needs to be done if it is causing a problem. There are many excellent surgical options once the hernia needs repair including an endoscopic repair that avoids cutting any muscle in the groin.
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Last updated May 29, 2018


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