Here are answers to some of your questions about inguinal hernia.
What is an inguinal hernia?
Inguinal hernias (or groin hernias) are very common and fall into two subcategories:
Inguinal hernias look and feel like bulges in the groin. They can become more prominent when coughing, straining or standing. They are rarely painful and the bulge commonly disappears when lying down.
If not treated, what can happen?
Complications of inguinal hernias include:
How will the physician know if I have an inguinal hernia?
A patient’s symptoms along with a physical exam are usually enough to make the correct diagnosis.
How can this hernia be treated?
Inguinal hernias usually require surgery, typically an open mesh repair.
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