Inguinal hernias make up 96% of all hernias that affect the groin. Although most common in men, women can also develop an inguinal hernia. The compassionate team at One Surgical Specialists in Hackensack, New Jersey, offers traditional open inguinal hernia repair and minimally invasive laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair when appropriate. Call today to schedule an appointment to have your inguinal hernia evaluated and treated, or use the online tool to book.
When your intestine or bladder pushes through a weak spot in the groin’s abdominal wall or inguinal canal, it’s called an inguinal hernia. The inguinal canal runs through the lower part of the abdomen. It serves as a pathway between the abdominal wall and the external genitals in both men and women.
Men are more likely to develop inguinal hernias than women because the tissue in their inguinal canal is weaker.
Suspect you have an inguinal hernia if you have a bulge on the side of your pubic bone. You could notice this bulge on either side. It usually becomes more noticeable when you stand up, cough, or strain.
The bulge could ache or burn. Discomfort is likely greatest when you bend over, cough, or lift something heavy. You could feel weakness, pressure, or heaviness in your groin too. Men might feel pain and swelling around the testicles caused by the protruding intestine pushing into the scrotum.
Although an inguinal hernia is not immediately dangerous to your health, it won’t go away on its own. Without treatment, it can grow larger and lead to a life-threatening complication known as strangulation.
If a hernia becomes strangulated, it means its contents have been trapped in the abdominal wall. This cuts off blood flow to the trapped tissue, causing severe pain, nausea, vomiting, and an inability to pass stool or gas.
The process of repairing an inguinal hernia can be done with traditional open surgery or with minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures. If you’re eligible, minimally invasive techniques allow faster recovery, less scarring, reduced blood loss, and less pain.
Open surgery requires a 3-4 inch incision in the groin where the hernia is located. This allows your surgeon to access the defect in the abdominal wall, repair it, and close the incision.
During laparoscopic repair, your surgeon makes tiny incisions. He then inserts a tiny tube equipped with a small camera and miniature instruments to complete the procedure.
While pain is most noticeable in the 28-48 hours following your surgery, expect it to take several weeks before you’re able to resume all your normal activities.
The team at One Surgical Specialists will give you complete instructions on when to reintroduce activities and schedule follow-up visits to keep an eye on your recovery.
If you have an inguinal hernia that needs repair, contact One Surgical Specialists today. Call the office or use the online tool to book your appointment.