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Most Common Inguinal Hernia
Embryology.: Before men are born the testicles form in the abdomen and then move through a tunnel to the scrotum. That tunnel is supposed to close, but stays open resulting in hernia in some men or children. The right side testicle falls lasr & is often higher in the scrotum than the left side. Statistics notes from childhood right side inguinal hernias are most common, maybe its tunnel is last to close. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
About 8%: There've been several studies looking at the epidemiology of inguinal hernias in the United States. Although The data is far from perfect, it appears that males have about an 8% chance of developing and inguinal hernia by the age of 30 and a total lifetime risk of developing inguinal hernia of about 25% ...Read more
Inguinal Hernia surgery a week ago, today I noticed my scrotum is enlarged with looks like fluid. Is this common or did my surgery cause hydrocele?
It can happen: It is possible that the inguinal ring may have been made too tight. Another possibility would be bleeding. It should resolve. If it does not,call your surgeon. ...Read more
Unusual: I haven't had many patients complain of back pain after inguinal hernia surgery. It may have been due to the positioning during surgery. Some clinics will do hernia surgery under an epidural anethesia and this can cause back pain. See your surgeon and discuss your pain with him. ...Read more
I have an inguinal hernia. At what point should I stop living with it and insist it is fixed? It is gradually getting worse.
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
INCARCERATED hernia: Any hernia may incarcerate and cause bowel obstruction. Incarceration is when the contents of a hernia 'gets stuck' and the blood flow to the area ceases causing the tissue to be at risk for dying (ischemia-infarct). Immediate surgery is indicated. The signs of bowel obstruction are: nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, lack of gas passage.. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes it can: It can, but the overall chance is low. Even though the chance is low, it is unpredictable if it will happen to you or not. Additionally, unit happens, it can be life threatening. Also, planned repair is generally associated with less risk than emergency repair, and you can pick your surgeon for planned repair. Check the Americas hernia Society website to find the surgeon interested in hernia repair. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a open mesh repair of a left side inguinal hernia over 10 year ago. Sometimes at work i will overlift and i will be hurting for weeks.. Normal?
Common: Tough to know exactly what the problem is. Doubt is the mesh if there has been a long interval with no symptoms. Recent symptoms could be a sign of hernia recurrence. Persistent symptoms for 10yrs coul be related to the mesh or technique. See a general surgeon for a consult if its bad enough. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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