Inguinal Hernia

A hernia occurs when an internal organ moves from where it is naturally situated and bulges out from the cavity wall that contains it. There are several types of hernias. Physicians at miVIP Surgery Centers are able to effectively identify the type of hernia and treat it using innovative technology for minimally invasive hernia repair that provides pain relief and a faster recovery.

What is an inguinal hernia?

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 or an abdominal hernia. The two forms of inguinal hernias are:

  • Direct Inguinal Hernia – This type often occurs due to trauma, heavy lifting and other forms of pressure.
  • Indirect Inguinal Hernia – Occurs due to 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, men are 10 times more likely to get this type of hernia.

Causes of Inguinal Hernias

Many inguinal hernias occur for reasons unknown to medical professionals. However, a hernia may occur as a result of the following:

  • An increase of abdominal pressure
  • A weak abdominal wall
  • Straining when using the bathroom
  • Heavy lifting
  • Built up fluid in the peritoneal cavity
  • Excess weight
  • Pregnancy
  • Severe coughing

Symptoms of Inguinal Hernias

Some inguinal hernias are symptomless. In many cases, a routine checkup uncovers the hernia. However, some patients suffer from hernia pain and may feel or see a bulge in the groin or abdomen.

Signs of an inguinal hernia include:

  • A protrusion alongside the pubic bone
  • An aching or burning in the abdomen accompanied by a bulge
  • A sensation of heaviness in the groin
  • Pain in your groin when coughing, bending over or lifting
  • Pressure in the groin
  • Swelling around the testicles

Hernia Repair / Inguinal Hernia Treatment

Hernia surgery is not necessarily required in every case. However, an untreated 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 done with minimally invasive surgical techniques — typically as a robotic-assisted procedure or a laparoscopic procedure. At miVIP, surgeons use the most innovative surgical equipment to perform a hernia repair via very small incisions in the abdomen. A thin scope is inserted into the incisions, the herniated organ is repositioned where it belongs, and the weak spot in the abdomen is strengthened or closed.

A surgical mesh is sometimes used to strengthen the weakened area, but because mesh can sometimes lead to complications, many miVIP surgeons offer non-mesh hernia repair. It is best to discuss treatment approaches with your surgeon.

Types of Hernia Surgery Offered at miVIP:

Prevention of Inguinal Hernias

It is impossible to prevent an indirect inguinal hernia, while 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 reduce the chance that a hernia will return by taking a few preventative measures, such as:

  • Reduce your weight
  • Eat foods high in fiber
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects
  • Stop smoking

Contact miVIP for Inguinal Hernia Relief

For additional inguinal hernia information, or to discuss your concerns with a doctor, contact miVIP Surgery Centers at 855-496-4847.