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Medicine For 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
See doc: Doctor to diagnose, then they will refer to a surgeon they trust. ...Read more
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
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
Depends on: Location and severity of injury. Consult a surgeon for examination and specific recommendation in your case. ...Read more
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
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
Can I wait to have my groin hernia fixed? I've had it for almost a year but not getting bigger or more painful. Want to 2 more months for insurance.
Yes: But be careful to avoid vigorous exercise or heavy lifting. Also any sign of enlargement or pain see MD immediately ...Read more
Location: Location may be difficult to determine, may need ultrasound to be sure. ...Read more
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
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