An inguinal or groin hernia is caused when the intestines are protruding out of the abdominal wall. When this happens a lump will form on the upper thigh where it connects to the stomach. More often then not the pain that one can experience will vary depending on how far the intestines are sticking out. These intestines will protrude where there is a weak area in the abdominal wall.
Many times these hernias to not need any specific treatment. Doctors can easily push them back or reduce them without using drastic treatments. Many who are annoyed with them can strap them against the groin. But this is only temporary and will not offer much relief or correct the problem.
There are some cases in which a part of the intestine is caught in the lump – which squeezes off its blood flow. This is called the strangulated part of the intestine and it will not take long for it to die. When this happens the patient will begin to experience excruciating pain. Because a strangulated intestine can cause severe problems it is best to see a doctor immediately to prevent further complications. It will require surgery.
There are two types of surgery for a inguinal hernia; herniorrhaphy or hernioplasty. Herniorrhaphy is the most common and the oldest treatments. During this surgery the doctor will man an icision that will push the protrusion back into the abdomen. They will then tighten the weak muscles and the supportive tissues using stitches. Hernioplasty is a rather simple procedure in which a mesh of artificial fiber is used to repair the weakened muscles.
Surgeries for inguinal hernias usually take 45 to 90 minutes are most often performed in day surgery clinics. Patients are allowed to go home, move about, and eat whatever they want after the surgery. But they are still encouraged to take it easy. That is why it is best that they refrain from lifting anything that weighs more then 20 pounds.
Like with any operation there are risks involved and complications can occur. The risks include; a reappearance of the hernia and infections. Infections will require the removal of the mesh and will treated with antibiotics.