How do you diagnose a groin hernia?

Physical exam. It is a practiced skill that can be difficult to master. Obvious hernias are easy to see and feel by most.
Sx and physical exam. Symptoms: localized pain in groin, often increased with coughing or sneezing, a lump may pop out at times, especially with a cough. If pain persists, or lump/swelling persists and can't be gently massaged back into abdominal cavity, it may be strangulating and compromising blood supply= emergency. An exam by doc should make the diagnosis. If primary care doc is unsure, get surgical opinion.
Hernia. Examination by a physician. Usually a visible and palpable bulge.

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How can I treat a groin hernia?

Get an operation! A hernia repair is the only way to make this better. This is done by a surgeon. Although you could wait and see, the hernia definitely won't get any better, and will probably get worse. Today we do hernias laparoscopically, which get you back to work faster and hurts much less. You should look for a surgeon who repairs hernias this way. Read more...
Surgery. There are multiple types of inguinal hernia. All are corrected surgically. Anesthetic options range from sedation with local anesthetic, spinal or general anesthesia. Smaller hernias can be more dangerous than large ones because they can trap and kill bowel more easily. Large ones can be quite symptomatic, though. If it cannot be reduced -pushed in-, go to er for evaluation. Read more...
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...

Groin hernia symptoms feel like what?

Bulge, Discomfort. Most people with a groin hernia become aware of one due to the presence of a bulge that protrudes with exertion. This typically causes only mild discomfort, unless it becomes acutely incarcerated with intestine, at which point it can be very painful, and associated with nausea, vomiting, and abdominal distention. 9 times out of 10, if someone has severe groin pain, it's not a hernia. Read more...
Bulge in the gron. Groin ( inguinal ) hernia presents as bulge, with pain or with out, progressively increases in size, no longer able to push it in, causing severe pain, ultimately leading to severe complications like obstruction and gangrene of bowel. Read more...

How will I know if I have groin hernia?

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...
Lump ;/or pain. Groin her aid are usually associated with a lump which is something like fat or intestines protruding through the hernia defect. This can be associated with pain, but it also possible to have a small hernia you can't feel cause pain. Needs an exam by your doctor, and maybe imaging studies to figure it out. Hope this helps! Read more...

What are the symptoms of a groin hernia?

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...
Bulge. It can be a bulge with or without pain. Read more...

How long before I can fly after groin hernia?

Groin surgery. Immediately. As long as your pain is controlled, you are not lifting anything heavy. You can travel as soon as you feel up to it. Read more...
Ask your surgeon. Usually want to heal & see your surgeon to determine the degree of healing after surgery first, before doing long distance traveling. May want to wait for a few weeks. But best determination is from your own personal surgeon. Read more...

What does it mean when a man has groin hernia?

Weak muscular ring. Weak muscular support in groin allows intestine to bulge through. Can stay stable for long time, or progressively get larger. May have no symptoms; often feels "heavy", with a bulge. Rx: elective surgery problem if intestine gets stuck and hernia can not be reduced, rx: urgent surgery; bigger problem if intestine twists on self and cuts off blood supply, rx: emergency surgery. No surgery?-truss. 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...
Groin hernia. In the lower abdomen just before the leg crease, there is an area commonly called the groin. The groin (or inguinal) region is usually strong with muscle and tendon, but has potential for weak areas. A hernia is a protrusion or bulge through one of those weak areas, thus the term 'groin hernia'. A synonym is 'inguinal hernia'. Read more...
Hole. There's a hole in the abdominal wall muscles through which abdominal contents can protrude. Best to see a doctor for an exam and more information. That's the best way to make the diagnosis anyway - physical exam. Hope this helps! Read more...

Is it likely bad to not have a groin hernia removed?

Maybe. Hernias can get bigger or stuff can get trapped in them which is an emergency. Get it checked out. 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...

What is the definition or description of: Groin hernia?

Swelling or Knot. A Groin Hernia is a swelling/knot/mass in the groin that occurs when tissue bulges out of the abdomen through a weakness in the abdominal wall. Read more...