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Inguinal Hernia

more about Inguinal Hernia


  • In the inguinal (groin) area there is a natural weakness in the wall of the lower abdomen.  When a piece of intestine pushes through this muscle defect into the inguinal canal, it is called a hernia.
  • It occurs more frequently in men.
  • Most are unilateral -- more common in the right side.

  • Bulge in groin; it becomes larger on standing.
  • Pain
  • Incarceration (unnatural confinement) of hernia:
    1. Vomiting
    2. Scant stool
    3. Black stool
    4. Irritability
    5. Abdominal distension

  • Often unknown
  • Lifting
  • Straining

  • Made on examination by a physician

  • Surgical repair of the hernia should be performed as soon as possible.
  • Stool softeners are sometimes prescribed prior to surgery to help prevent incarceration.
  • Incarcerated hernia:
  • Manual reduction under sedation and if successful, surgical repair within 1-2 days; however the timing of surgical repair must depend on the individual case.  Sometimes the repair must be done very soon, or immediately.
  • Immediate surgery if manual reduction is not possible

  • Incarceration -- the hernia may become trapped and its blood supply cut off.  This can cause rupture of this portion of the bowel, leading to severe illness and death.

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