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Which is better risk, risk of recurrence in meshless open inguinal hernia surgery or risk of side effects from mesh.?

Which is better risk, risk of recurrence in meshless open inguinal hernia surgery or risk of side effects from mesh.?

Mesh is better: Most of us surgeons agree and the literature is pretty clear, that hernia recurrence rates without mesh are much higher while the risks of using mesh are quite low. ...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


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Could an inguinal hernia repair elevate the risk of testicular cancer?

Could an inguinal hernia repair elevate the risk of testicular cancer?

Not really: Testicular cancer risk could increase in case of undescended testicle that could be associated with hernia repairing the hernia and bringing the testicle down right around birth could decrease that chance but in later ages most likely testicle has to go while repairing the hernia because the risk is too much now regular hernia repair has no effect on testicular cancer. ...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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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 a 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

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


Dr. David Earle
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Groin Hernia (Definition)

Groin hernia is a condition where abdominal organs (usually some intestine) bulge through a ...Read more