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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Inguinal Hernia (Overview)

An inguinal hernia is a hernia that occurs in the inguinal region (groin). It passes out throughout the muscle in a canal near the spermatic cord and testicular vessels


Dr. Barry Rosen
461 doctors shared insights

Inguinal Hernia (Overview)

An inguinal hernia is a hernia that occurs in the inguinal region (groin). It passes out throughout the muscle in a canal near the spermatic cord and testicular vessels


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Living with a Hernia (Checklist)

Avoid straining
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Consider getting your hernia surgically repaired
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Avoid heaving lifting
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See a general surgeon
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What are the symptoms of inguinal hernia?

What are the symptoms of inguinal hernia?

Hernia symptoms: They can include located in the groin or below the groin crease: bulging, pain, a lump, tenderness or even changes in bowel or bladder habits. ...Read more

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How can my doctor diagnose an inguinal hernia?

Exam: Hernias usually cause a visible bulge in children. This bulge goes away when they lie down and may be more pronounced standing, straing, or laughing, coughing, etc. Physical exam is very sensitive. Imaging studies are usully reserved for those patients with less than classic symptoms. ...Read more

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2 months after bilateral lap. Inguinal hernia repair, I feel my erection twisted to the right, and right test hangs higher than usual. Is it related?

Doubt it: If the angulation of the penis is severe, it could represent peyronie's disease. While it appeared after a lap inguinal hernia repair, the problem is in the shaft of the penis. I don't think the repair is causative. I would see a urologist to find out more. One testis hanging higher is normal. ...Read more

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Any ideas why it matters if you have inguinal hernia or not when playing sports?

Any ideas why it matters if you have inguinal hernia or not when playing sports?

Exertional force.: If some particular sports you tend to over exert yourself with force. I done too hard your hernia can become incarcerated suddenly, leading to possible strangulation of the hernia, leading to emergent and often terrible consequences from this type of surgery. Don't want your intestines to rupture within this hernia, which could happen with an incarceration which leads into a strangulation. ...Read more

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Does improper breathing while bodybuilding causes inguinal hernia?

Does improper breathing while bodybuilding causes inguinal hernia?

Not really: Don't lift huge amounts of weight with your glottis closed. That actually can trigger a hernia that would probably have happened anyway. I actually had my own right side turn acute and surprise me while I was doing leg-lifts. Exercising is worth it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What does burning sensation in inguinal hernia mean?

Nerve irritation: A common symptom associated with inguinal (groin) hernias is a burning sensation overlying the groin and/or the thigh. This is due to the hernia pushing up against the nerves that innervate these areas. While rarely disabling, this symptom will go away after hernia repair. ...Read more

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What can be done to treat lower gastric pain with a right indirect inguinal hernia?

See a doctor: Lower abdominal pain and an associated inguinal hernia should be evaluated with your family doctor or a general surgeon for hernia repair options. Pain near a hernia indicates a need for doctor examination. ...Read more

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Could inguinal hernia be treated without surgery?

Could inguinal hernia be treated without surgery?

No alternative: Surgery is your only answer. Sorry. It is a hole, can stay the same size or get bigger, will never disappear without surgery. ...Read more

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How might treating a recurrent inguinal hernia differ from treating a first hernia? Are there specialist for treating recurrent hernias?

Alternate approach: Any hernia can recur. Open and laparoscopic repairs of groin hernias have about a 1% recurrence rate, and umbilical hernia with graft supplement have about a 0.3% rate. Now, in groin hernias, when recurrent, if done open the first time, a laparoscopic approach is preferred in the rerepair, and vice-versa. There are surgeons who have more experience with complex and recurrent hernias. Good luck. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is any treatment for inguinal hernia in a child of 2.5 years other than surgical method?

Hernia: No. Inguinal hernias are not benign. Of course most do not create problems. You should go get it repaired. It is a very easy procedure. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for an inguinal hernia?

Hernia Surgery: Repair with permanent mesh has become the gold standard for inguinal hernia repair in adult males. Debate continues whether the traditional or laparoscopic approach is best: the bottom line is which technique your surgeon performs with the lowest complication & recurrence rates. I favor the laparoscopic approach because, in my hands, the recovery is shorter; this is most evident for double hernias. ...Read more

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Inguinal hernia causes nausea when part of intestine gets trapped. It is painful emergency situation. I feel nausea off and on w/o emergency, why?

Inguinal hernia causes nausea when part of intestine gets trapped. It is painful emergency situation.  I feel nausea off and on w/o emergency, why?

Hernia: When a piece of intestine gets trapped in a hernia it may swell and cause the blood supply to become decreased. This may cause the portion of bowel to become damaged or die resulting in a medical emergency. If the hernia becomes tender or painful go to the ER immediately. They may be able to manually reduce the hernia and restore the blood supply or surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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Will I be able to tell if I'm at risk of getting an inguinal hernia?

Will I be able to tell if I'm at risk of getting an inguinal hernia?

No: We know that people with inguinal hernias have abnormal connective tissue (types of collagen) more frequently than people without hernias. This suggests a genetic cause. There is no testing for this outside of research settings, and no other signs you can watch out for. Best to not worry about, and live normally. If you do happen to get a hernia, its something that can be fixed. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can you tell me the risks of having inguinal hernia repair surgery?

Can you tell me the risks of having inguinal hernia repair surgery?

Relatively safe: Surgery, one of the most commonly performed, low risk ambulatory surgical procedure. Possible to have recurrence, rare instances possible to have persistent pains, testicular atrophy, speak to your surgeon for benefits and risks of the procedure. ...Read more

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I had lap surgery for right inguinal hernia. Are there cases that it will happen to left also? I want to prevent it as much as possible.

Very little: You can do, if you are inactive for fear of getting a hernia on left, will cause more harm to your body due to in activity, yes there is slight chance of getting on left also, even higher chance if you have in left side first. Enjoy your life for get about hernia ...Read more

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Can working your abs help you not avoid inguinal hernias?

No: Inguinal hernias in general get bigger with time. This is because any abdominal pressure increases force that pushes it out and there is no counteracting force to push it back in. Strong abs do not cause inguinal hernias to go back in. ...Read more

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What is an inguinal hernia?

What is an inguinal hernia?

Groin hernia: You have an inguinal hernia when the content of your peritoneal cavity (fat, bowel, ovary, etc) pushes through the abdominal wall — specifically through your inguinal floor which is made up of different muscle layers. ...Read more

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Can inguinal hernia get larger?

Can inguinal hernia get larger?

YES: A hernia is an organ (usually bowel) that is not on its usual anatomical location. The majority of the time, this is from a weakness in muscles that help it stay there. As muscles continue to weaken & there is continued pressure the hernia can get larger. Risks are: advanced age, obesity, heavy lifting, even chronic cough or straining to urinate since there is an increase intrabdomen pressure. ...Read more

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Complication of inguinal hernia?

Untreated: If you mean an untreated inguinal (groin) hernia. Complications of a hernia can be pain, hernia enlargement, low risks of bowel obstruction, hernia incarceration or strangulation resulting in dead bowel... Most inguinal hernias do not get complications. ...Read more

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What can cause an inguinal hernia?

Increased Pressure: In belly. Holding your breath and lifting something heavy, increasing the pressure in your abdomen. Or a chronic cough. ...Read more

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Can a double inguinal hernia cause ed?

Psycologically: Inguinal hernias, in and of themselves, do not interfere with penile erection. Fretting about them or pain associated with sex can cause ed. You should see a surgeon about repair. ...Read more

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How to make my inguinal hernia better?

Surgical repair: Is definitive cure. Other modalities, such as truss or supporters, are temporizing fixes at best. ...Read more

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How can I make an inguinal hernia worse?

Pressure, strain: Inguinal hernia is a rupture is a tear or stfetch of muscular ring, causes weakness in abdominal wall. Allows bulge of bowel, inner fat etc. Heavy lifting, straining can increase the hernia. Over time can get bigger, easier for gut to bulge, discomfort, may cause blockage, or cut off blood supply to part of bowel-surgical emergency. Usual rx, elective surgery. ...Read more

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Can an inguinal hernia cause pain 24/7?

Can an inguinal hernia cause pain 24/7?

Inguinal hernia: Absolutely. If an inguinal hernia is incarcerated it can cause a lot of pain. If you are experiencing a lot of pain and you feel a lump please see a physician as soon as possible. Good luck. ...Read more

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