What is an Inguinal Hernia?

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Inguinal Hernia

Hernias can form in different parts of the body. The two most common sites for a hernia are the belly button and the groin. The medical term for a belly button is an Umbilical Hernia. An inguinal hernia is the medical term for hernias that occur in the groin area. In an inguinal hernia the contents of the hernia can extend anywhere in the area between the abdomen and thigh.

Who gets an inguinal hernia?

An inguinal hernia can occur any time from infancy to adulthood. Anyone can get an inguinal hernia, however it is more common in men than women.

Inguinal Hernia Symptoms

Symptoms of an inguinal hernia include a noticeable bulge in the groin along with discomfort or pain in the groin area. In men, the pain can extend all the way into the scrotum and testicles.

Inguinal Hernia Diagnosis and Treatment

Inguinal hernias are usually diagnosed through a physical examination. If there is any doubt as to whether there is an inguinal hernia present then a CT Scan can be done to confirm the diagnosis. Ultrasounds can also sometimes show the presence of an inguinal hernia. The only way to definitively cure an inguinal hernia is through surgery. The reason we surgically repair inguinal hernias is to prevent the likelihood of hernia incarceration or strangulation.

Elective inguinal hernia surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis. This means that you go home on the day of your operation. Inguinal hernia surgery recovery time varies depending on the size of the hernia, the technique used, and the age and health of the patient.

Dr. Zadeh is an expert in hernia surgery. He performs both the open and laparoscopic minimally invasive hernia repairs. If you think you may have a hernia, feel free to call our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Zadeh.


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