The most clear differentiation that your pain is from a hernia would be if you notice a bulge in the groin or a palpable lump. This bulge or lump is more pronounced with exertion or standing and may disappear with laying down. The discomfort from a hernia in the groin is often described as a burning feeling. In men they may notice the pain in the groin radiates toward the testicle or scrotum. Sometimes a hernia is so subtle that there will be no visible or palpable bulge or lump.
Discomfort or pain in the groin which is often made worse with bending over or moving the leg away from the body. It can also be associated with pain on the inner thigh adjacent to the groin pain. The pain and distribution of the pain can be exactly like a groin hernia. The “pulled groin” muscle strain will not have a bulge or lump that comes and goes.
The most common signs of an inguinal hernia
are:Pain associated with an abnormal bulge or swelling that often disappears when lying down.
Pain radiating toward the testicle.
We recommend seeking medical attention:
When the pain is severe.
When the pain is associated with a bulge or swelling.
When the pain does not go away after a few weeks.
If you think you might have a hernia, we advise you to speak with your doctor promptly as hernias will not repair themselves
If you are diagnosed with a groin (inguinal) hernia, seek an opinion from a surgeon who specializes in hernia repair.
Your doctor will be able to help you decide if you have a hernia or a pulled muscle. This may be obvious by your physical examination or imaging studies (CT scan , MRI, Ultrasound) may be required.
Dr Yunis’s experience will help to diagnose the cause of your groin pain. Dr Yunis and many other hernia experts can reassure you about the diagnosis and if there is any urgency for treatment.
We understand the fear and anxiety about the possible causes of your pain or discomfort. An accurate diagnosis can also lead the way to a rapid recovery without surgery. At the Center for Hernia Repair, we enjoy giving patients the great news that they don’t require surgery.
If you do require an operation, we specialize in all available hernia repair techniques
. Conventional, robotic, laparoscopic and non-mesh options are available. The solution to your hernia problem is customized to your specific needs. Dr. Yunis
relies on his 30 years of experience to optimize your outcome by minimizing pain and maximizing safety and durability of your repair.