About Inguinal Hernia
A Protrusion of the BowelA hernia occurs when an internal organ moves from where it is naturally situated and bulges out from the cavity wall that contains it. miVIP Surgery Center is able to effectively identify the hernia and treat it with innovative technology that is minimally invasive and offers patients a quicker recovery.
The passage that leads from the abdominal wall and into the groin is called the inguinal canal. When a section of the bowel or the membranous abdominal cavity lining protrudes out through a weak spot in the abdomen, most often alongside the inguinal canal, it is referred to as an inguinal hernia. The two forms of inguinal hernias are:
- Direct Inguinal Hernia – May occur due to trauma, heavy lifting and other forms of pressure.
- Indirect Inguinal Hernia – Are a result of a genetic birth defect that may present itself later in life. The inguinal canal cannot close naturally and requires surgery.
How Common is a Inguinal Hernia?Approximately 500,000 Americans suffer from an inguinal hernia each year. Women are capable of getting a direct inguinal hernia; however, the likelihood that a man will get one is ten times higher.
Known Causes of Inguinal HerniasMany inguinal hernias occur for reasons unknown to medical professionals. However, others may present themselves as a result of the following:
- An increase of abdominal pressure
- A weak abdominal wall
- Straining when using the bathroom
- Heavy lighting
- Built up fluid in the peritoneal cavity
- Excess Weight
- Severe coughing
Symptoms Attributed to Inguinal HerniasSome inguinal hernias are symptomless. In many cases, a routine checkup uncovers the hernia. However, other patients can feel or see a bulge. Signs of an inguinal hernia include:
- A protrusion alongside your pubic bone
- An aching, burning or gurgling accompanied with a bulge
- A sensation of dragging or heaviness in your groin
- Pain in your groin when coughing, bending over or lifting
- Pressure in the groin
- Swelling around the testicles
How to Treat Inguinal HerniasNot all inguinal hernia cases require surgery. However, the hernia may increase in size over time and create more complications for the patient. An enlarged inguinal hernia can put pressure on the scrotum or other surrounding tissues, which is quite painful. Additionally, if the intestine is protruding through the inguinal canal, blood flow to the intestines may be restricted. If this occurs, the patient runs the risk of bowel obstructions or necrosis of the bowels.
Inguinal hernia repair at miVIP Surgery Centers is a less-invasive laparoscopic procedure. Using the most innovative equipment, the hernia can be repaired through tiny incisions in the abdomen. A thin scope is inserted into the incisions, the herniated area is placed where it belongs and the weak spot in the abdomen is closed or strengthened with a surgical mesh.
Prevention of Inguinal HerniasIt is impossible to prevent an indirect inguinal hernia, and a direct inguinal hernia may be repaired with the understanding that there is always the possibility that it can return. However, there are ways to less the chance that the hernia will return:
- Reduce your weight
- Eat foods high in fiber
- Properly lift heavy objects
- Stop smoking