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Dr. Erik Borncamp
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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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How big and how dangerous is a groin hernia and it's really painful at time?

How big and how dangerous is a groin hernia and it's really painful at time?

See a surgeon: Groin hernias can range from not having any symptoms to being life threatening. Hernias are a defect in your abdominal wall. Fat or intestines can become stuck and cause pain. Once you have pain, you should see a surgeon to have it fixed! ...Read more

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My husband has had a groin hernia for a few years now and all of a sudden it disappeared and now he is having a hard time using the bathroom. Cause?

My husband has had a groin hernia for a few years now and all of a sudden it disappeared and now he is having a hard time using the bathroom. Cause?

Incarcerated?: The hernia could be "incarcerated" or trapped. If it becomes "strangulate, " he could require emergency surgery. He needs to have this checked out by a doctor asap. ...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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What is the definition or description of: Groin hernia?

What is the definition or description of: Groin hernia?

Swelling or Knot: A Groin Hernia is a swelling/knot/mass in the groin that occurs when tissue bulges out of the abdomen through a weakness in the abdominal wall. ...Read more

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I'm starting to think I have a groin hernia. What should I do?

Depends: Groin hernias are very common. Usually a lump in the groin the is larger when standing or coughing. If you're not sure and want to find out, see your primary care. If you're sure, and want an opinion regarding repair, see a general surgeon for a consultation. You can find surgeons interested in hernia disease at the Americas Hernia Society website. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What does it mean when my groin hernia disappears when I lay down?

Reducible: The hernia isn't "stuck" out through the hole in the abdominal wall tissue - it moves freely. ...Read more

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How big does a groin hernia and how dangerous is it it is so painful?

Here are some...: Nowadays, most cases of inguinal hernia are barely visible as a bulging spot at groin but easily palpable with a professional finger after detailed history taking as well as usually painless until occasional irreversible sliding-down into the hernial sac of abdominal contents occurs. So, seek evaluation vigilantly whenever increasing constant pain with inguinal bulging develops & progresses. ...Read more

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Groin hernia injury twice in same area in 7 years apart, should I be concerned?

Groin hernia injury twice in same area in 7 years apart, should I be concerned?

Depends on: Location and severity of injury. Consult a surgeon for examination and specific recommendation in your case. ...Read more

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I believe I have a groin hernia. Other than pain, what are some of the symptoms of a groin hernia?

No bulge, no hernia: The most consistent symptom of a groin hernia is the presence of a bulge. This may be constant but often enlarges with activity and may seem to go away after laying down. While hernias may cause pain, they usually cause subtle discomfort (also) worsened with activity. This pain may extend into the inner thigh due to nerve irritation. ...Read more

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Can you have sex while you have a groin hernia?

Can you have sex while you have a groin hernia?

Yes: It may or may not aggravate things, but most likely it will be fine. ...Read more

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How can I prevent groin hernia injuries?

How can I prevent groin hernia injuries?

Hernia?: If you mean how to prevent a groin hernia, you can't. Most groin hernias are congenital. They just get larger as you age. It is not something that you cause. ...Read more

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What do I do if my groin hernia keeps popping out?

What do I do if my groin hernia keeps popping out?

Push it back: You have a defect in the fibromuscular wall of your abdominal cavity. Your intestine is pushing its way into the opening and you can push it back inside. Eventually you will need this fixed as there is a small risk of strangulation or twisting of the intestine doing this. Surgery will close the defect and prevent the protrusion. ...Read more

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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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When is the best age to do an operation on a baby with a groin hernia?

When is the best age to do an operation on a baby with a groin hernia?

No lower age limit: Groin hernia in a baby has a potential complication of incarceration, surgery is advised as soon as it is detected. Talk to your pediatrician for referral to a ped. Surgeon. ...Read more

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I do have a in groin hernia and my testicle is in pain should I be worried?

I do have a in groin hernia and my testicle is in pain should I be worried?

If pain is severe: Seek care immediately. The hernia may have become trapped and need urgent attention. Otherwise see your primary care as soon as possible for possible surgical referral. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What is the difference between groin hernia pain and ovarian pain?

Location: Location may be difficult to determine, may need ultrasound to be sure. ...Read more

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Can I continue playing basketball with a groin hernia? I was recently diagnosed with one.

Depends: Has high chances of getting incarcerated, ideal way is to get it repaired, is a low risk out patient procedure, and avoid risk. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with both a groin hernia and blood in the urine. Could the blood be related to the hernia?

I have been diagnosed with both a groin hernia and blood in the urine. Could the blood be related to the hernia?

Unlikely: Blood in the urine should be investigated promptly. It isn't normal--could be caused by a stone in the kidney or ureter, by infection, or even by cancer. A groin hernia is a weakness in the abdominal wall which allows soft tissue or part of the intestine to push through and cause a bulge in the groin. It does not involve the urinary tract. Don't delay having the hematuria checked out. ...Read more

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My husband has had a inguinal groin hernia and I think it has busted what are signs and symptoms of a busted hernia?

See your doctor: An inguinal or groin hernia is a bulge or swelling from weak fibers in the groin region. So a hernia is technically already "busted." best to see a doctor for an examination or a general surgeon to evaluate for possible hernia surgery. ...Read more

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My husband had a unilateral groin hernia when he was 5 and had surgery. What are the chances this hurt his fertility?

My husband had a unilateral groin hernia when he was 5 and had surgery. What are the chances this hurt his fertility?

Chances of fertility: Are very good, even if he with one testicle, how ever if surgery was done for rare bilateral undecented testicles then chances will be reduced then depends on sperm count ; motility. Unilateral or bilateral inguinal hernia repair fertility will not be affected, don't worry, you will be a mom. ...Read more

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I have a small groin hernia that I'm getting fixed in about 2 months, dull ache but doesn't hurt. What is my chance of a strangled hernia in 2 months?

Small: While any hernia can incarcerate (get stuck) or strangulate (loose it's blood supply) at any time, the chance of it happening in a two week period is pretty small. If you have a very painful lump that does not push back in, go to your nearest emergency room. ...Read more

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Can I have sex if I have groin hernia in my nut sack?

As tolerated: All activity, in general, with a hernia or after hernia repair should be done as tolerated by pain and discomfort. Large hernias may limit activities due to their shear size on occasion. Sounds like an evaluation by an experienced hernia surgeon could provide more information for your specific case. Check the americas hernia society website to find one. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What can I do for my groin hernia without going to a doctor?

What can I do for my groin hernia without going to a doctor?

Little: A hernia in this area is a separation of the muscles and fibrous tissue which coats the abdominal cavity and keeps the intestinal loops within that cavity. The hernial opening will allow a loop to protrude which can be painful and in extreme cases can cause strangulation. A hernia truss can prevent this but is unpleasant to wear. Unless minor, you probably will need surgery. ...Read more

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Can you have a groin hernia without pain? Can a dermatologist check for it?

Yes-------no: Hernias are usually painless. They are treated by general surgeons, not dermatologists. ...Read more

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I'm nervous to show my penis to the doctor in regards to groin hernia?

I'm nervous to show my penis to the doctor in regards to groin hernia?

No worry: You should not worry too much about that a doctor has seen it all
but if you are very sensitive about it a doctor can accommodate you the best way they know how our job to make the patient at ease and comfortable. ...Read more

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What is the best method of groin hernia surgery?

What is the best method of groin hernia surgery?

Method you like: It is patient choice more often open tension free hernia repair is done under local anesthesia (with sedation) using synthetic graft which has very low incidence of recurrence, few surgeons prefer laparoscopic repair where general anesthesia is required. ...Read more

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