Inguinal Hernia Surgery

What is an Inguinal Hernia?

An inguinal hernia is a hernia that occurs when tissue like the intestines or fat from the abdomen protrude through a weak spot in the lower abdominal wall into the groin (inguinal) area.

Inguinal Hernia Image
Inguinal hernias are fairly common. It’s estimated that roughly 27% of males will develop inguinal hernias compared to about 3% of females[1].

How Serious is an Inguinal Hernia?

These hernias aren’t necessarily dangerous but can be painful under certain situations that can stress the area.

Symptoms of Inguinal Hernia Include:

  • A bulge on one or both sides of the groin that can no longer be seen when lying down.
  • Pain in the groin, usually when lifting, exercising, or straining during a bowel movement.
  • A heavy, weak, or burning sensation in the groin.
  • A swollen scrotum.
If the hernia becomes strangulated, you may experience sharp abdominal pain and vomiting.
diagram of hernia locations on the body

Do Inguinal Hernias Always Need Surgery?

Since an inguinal hernia will not get better or go away on its own, it is recommended to have surgery.

How do you Fix an Inguinal Hernia?

Inguinal hernia repair is a common surgical procedure called herniorrhaphy or hernioplasty. Dr. Yunis offers a variety of hernia repair techniques based on the type of hernia and to suit his patients' needs. Techniques available for inguinal hernia repair include:
  • Shouldice repair
  • Desarda repair
  • Laparoscopic repair
  • Robotic repair
  • How Long Does it Take to Recover from Inguinal Repair Surgery?

    Most people will experience some degree of pain or discomfort after the surgery that will delay returning to office-type work for a day or two.

    Depending on the size of the hernia many can return to physical activities within weeks of the operation.
    [1] Oberg S, Andresen K, Rosenberg J. Etiology of inguinal hernias: a comprehensive review. Frontiers in Surgery. 2017;4:52.

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