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Can a woman have a groin hernia, with no visible bulge?

Can a woman have a groin hernia, with no visible bulge?

Yes: Sometimes small hernias can be present with a visible bulge. Obesity can also hide a bulge. Ultrasound or ct scan, and even operation are sometimes necessary to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Bruce Ramshaw
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Femoral Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a defect in the abdominal wall allowing contents within the abdomen to protrude. The most common hernias are inguinal (lower abdomen around the pubic bone) or umbilical (around the bellybutton). A femoral hernia is less common and occurs where the blood vessels enter the leg. When there is an external lump, it shows up in the upper front part of the leg. ...Read more


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I am a female and had a groin hernia repair on May 12th. I have intermittent severe pain like a hot pocker being shoved in my groin. Is this common?

I am a female and had a groin hernia repair on May 12th. I have intermittent severe pain like a hot pocker being shoved in my groin. Is this common?

Ask the Dr: Call the Dr who did the repair. Have a followup exam - that's part of the procedure and the only way to know if healing is on track. Don't wait! Try not to use or hold on to imagry of such violent or inflammatory things - they make pain worse. Those who need to manage chronic pain are taught to use accurate but colorless words. Every little bit counts! Call now! ...Read more

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How can I treat a groin hernia?

How can I treat a groin hernia?

Surgical Repair: Groin(inguinal)hernias are easily repaired via out-patient surgery. They may be repaired via a traditional "open" approach or via minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgery. The optimal approach varies based on patient factors and surgeon preference.I favor the laparoscopic approach due to less pain/faster recovery, especially for double- or recurrent hernias.Like all operations, experience matters! ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a groin hernia?

How do you diagnose a groin hernia?

Physical exam: It is a practiced skill that can be difficult to master. Obvious hernias are easy to see and feel by most. ...Read more

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Groin hernia symptoms feel like what?

Groin hernia symptoms feel like what?

Bulge in the gron: Groin ( inguinal ) hernia presents as bulge, with pain or with out, progressively increases in size, no longer able to push it in, causing severe pain, ultimately leading to severe complications like obstruction and gangrene of bowel. ...Read more

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How will I know if I have groin hernia?

It won't go away: A bulge or feelings of pressure and swelling in the groin can be a number of things including groin (inguinal) hernias, groin or sports ligament or muscular strain, enlarged lymph nodes (many causes of those), or rarely clots or aneurysms from the femoral blood vessels. Hernia will tend to swell and reduce but will almost always come back and over time enlarge. A good physical exam is all you need. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a groin hernia?

Swelling and pain: In general, lopsided groin swelling and pain with activity (especially lifting, staining, and coughing) are highly suggestive of a hernia. You can have it on both sides too. If your bowel is caught within the hernia, additional symptoms may include nausea, bloating or problem with bm. If in doubt, please check in with your doctor. ...Read more

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How long before i can fly after groin hernia?

How long before i can fly after groin hernia?

Ask your surgeon: Usually want to heal & see your surgeon to determine the degree of healing after surgery first, before doing long distance traveling. May want to wait for a few weeks. But best determination is from your own personal surgeon. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a man has groin hernia?

What does it mean when a man has groin hernia?

Inguinal hernia: Direct inguinal hernia is due to weakness or defect of abdominal wall muscles in the groin area - subject may always feel need to push it back. Not dangerous but uncomfortable. Indiect inuinal hernia is due an outpouching of the periteum (abdominal lining) alongside the testicular blood vessels and vas (sperm duct). These have a relative narrow neck, bowel can enter, get stuck and strangulate. Fix. ...Read more

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Is it likely bad to not have a groin hernia removed?

Inguinal hernia: Repair of an inguinal hernia does not always require surgical repair. Depending on the size of the bulge, the pain that it causes and potential for being incarcerated (bowel and fat trapped in the defect) or strangulated (bowel losing blood supply) recommendations for repair may vary. Other factors are patient age and state of health. Ie risk of anesthesia may out-weigh benefit of repair. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Inguinal Hernia (Definition)

Inguinal hernia is an abdominal wall defect occuring in the inguinal region. They may occur directly through the abdominal wall or through the internal inguinal ring and inguinal canal. They may extend into the scrotum in males or ...Read more