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Does the presence of congenital hernias in children predispose to hernias in adulthood especially since the repair is only a herniotomy but no repair of the posterior wall of the inguinal canal?

Does the presence of congenital hernias in children predispose to hernias in adulthood especially since the repair is only a herniotomy but no repair of the posterior wall of the inguinal canal?

Unknown: As you said there is no repair of the posterior (floor) of the inguinal canal. However they are separate entities with different causes and one should not lead to the other or preclude it. Finally on occasion wih long standing child type hernias can lead to weak floors and this is usually reinforced if discovered at the first operation. ...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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How concerning is a hernia in the groin?

How concerning is a hernia in the groin?

SomeMoreThanOthers: Inguinal hernias come in all shapes&sizes. The main issue "concerning" about hernias is the potential for intestine to get stuck (incarcerate) in the hernia; the blood supply could get cut-off, leading to intestinal death & the need for emergency surgery. The risk of this happening is dependent on the size & shape of the hernia; it is this factor & one's symptoms that guide our recommendations. ...Read more

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What causes inguinal hernias?

What causes inguinal hernias?

Congenital/acquired : The path taken for testicular descend can stay open or predispose one to inguinal herniation - this is aka indirect hernia. The hernia more common with accident, sport injury or heavy lifting as with construction workers is frequently through the direct inguinal space - direct inguinal hernia. ...Read more

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Does hernia groin pain come and go?

It often does: There is a hole in the muscle layers of the abdominal wall and a sac is coming through it. When you cough, lift or strain, the sac is 'puffed up' by the abdominal pressure, and it puts pressure on the muscles. The muscles can pull apart more from this pressure and give symptoms similar to a muscle strain. The severity will come and go. Best to see a surgeon before more trouble can occur. ...Read more

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How are a pulled groin and a hernia different?

How are a pulled groin and a hernia different?

Difficult: They can give you many of the same symptoms. Best to have an experienced md examine you. Rarely a study like cat scan may be necessary. Sometimes you have to wait and see if the pain goes away (strain) or whether a lump develops (hernia). This can take months to years. ...Read more

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I think I have a hernia in my groin. What that called?

I think I have a hernia in my groin. What that called?

Inguinal hernia: See your doctor for treatment options. There are different types, though all are cured surgically. ...Read more

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Do groin hernias go away or is surgery always required?

Do groin hernias go away or is surgery always required?

Groin Hernias: Groin hernias will never go away. They might become less symptomatic, especially as we treat exacerbating issues, such as constipation, prostate problems and coughing. Hernias will otherwise just enlarge over the years and will likely eventually cause worsening symptoms. ...Read more

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Could hernias in your groin area possibly make you nauseous?

Yes,: If your inguinal hernia becomes incarcerated and cause intestinal obstruction. You should see your doctor immediately because this could mean surgical emergency. ...Read more

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My husband has a hernia near his groin and it is swelling more why?

My husband has a hernia near his groin and it is swelling more why?

Bigger: It is either getting bigger or the contents are trapped and swelling. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a hernia in the groin area like bulge sac?

What does it mean to have a hernia in the groin area like bulge sac?

Inguinal Hernia: Inguinal, or groin hernias are very, very common (in men). If the hernia is small and not interfering with your daily activities, it is acceptable to take a "wait-and-see" approach. If not, hernia surgery is advised; this is an outpatient operation that can be performed "open" or via laparoscopy, typically with mesh. I recommend that you see a general surgeon for a formal evaluation. Good luck! ...Read more

Groin (Definition)

The region or crease between ...Read more