Inguinal Hernia

An abnormal protrusion of the abdominal cavity and of its contents can be termed as inguinal hernia when the swelling or bulge protrudes through the inguinal canal. ¾ of the abdominal hernia reported worldwide happens to be inguinal hernia and doctors are of the opinion that close to 7% people of the world will contract inguinal hernia or abdominal wall hernia in the near future.

Inguinal hernia is a sub type of groin hernia. There are two sub types of inguinal hernia namely direct inguinal hernia and indirect inguinal hernia. Inguinal hernial content can be the appendix in case of Amyand’s hernia.

Diagnosis of inguinal hernia

The doctor will diagnose whether a male patient is suffering from inguinal hernia or not by making his patient go through a physical examination that will involve putting pressure on the abdominal region by coughing violently. This will make the hernia swelling to protrude out.

The doctor may also test the groin area by putting his index finger under the lower side of the scrotum and feeling the area in a special manner to make sure that it is hernia.

He will also listen to the patient’s case history and family history.
At times, to rule out possibilities of hydrocele the physician may conduct a CT scan or an ultrasound scan to confirm diagnosis.

Treatment of inguinal hernia

An inguinal hernial condition has to be repaired through surgery, there is no other way, and it should be done soon after detection to avoid aggravation or complications.

There are 3 kinds of surgical methods to choose from – Hernioplasty, Herniorrhaphy and laparoscopic Hernioplasty. I will recommend the last one for it is a fast procedure, costs significantly less, recovery period is lesser and quicker, post operative pain is minimal and you can return to normal daily life soon.