Inguinal hernia is a common type of hernia that occurs in the region of the groin. The disorder usually generates mild, unspecific symptoms, which can be misleading in establishing the correct diagnosis. Most people with inguinal hernia may actually have no symptoms at all, thus rendering the process of diagnosing the disorder even more difficult. The only reliable means of diagnosing inguinal hernia involve MRI scans (magnetic resonance imaging), X-ray scans, computerized tomography and laparoscopy. Due to the fact that inguinal hernia generally progresses latently, most people are diagnosed with the disorder long after they develop complications, thus requiring immediate surgery. However, if the disorder is discovered in time, patients have the possibility to choose whether they will have their hernia surgically repaired or not.
Besides from being difficult to diagnose, inguinal hernia also raises many post-operative issues. Although the surgical intervention for this type of hernia is a simple procedure that involves minimal risks, it can not always prevent the disorder from reoccurring. In fact, the majority of patients that suffer surgical hernia repair experience an aggravation of the disorder in time. Considering the fact that inguinal hernia has a pronounced post-operative recurrent character, many doctors recommend patients to delay surgical intervention until it is absolutely required.
The exact reasons why inguinal hernia tends to reoccur in patients who have suffered surgical intervention remain unknown. However, the post-operative recurrence rate of inguinal hernia in patients is very high. Medical scientists have conducted various experiments in order to establish whether surgical intervention is indicated or not for patients with uncomplicated inguinal hernia. One recent study reveals that patients who decide to delay surgery generally experience the same symptoms as patients who suffer surgical interventions.
Another recent experiment suggests that there is a greater chance for patients who have suffered surgery to experience more intense symptoms than patients who decide not to have their inguinal hernia surgically repaired. Hence, physicians recommend surgical intervention only to patients who suffer from complicated inguinal hernia, suggesting that surgery is not the best option in the treatment of the disorder. In fact, most medical professionals consider surgery to be a last-resort procedure in the treatment of inguinal hernia.
Despite the fact that the occurrence of inguinal hernia can not be effectively prevented, most people diagnosed with the disorder can prevent the development of complications. If the disorder is timely discovered, probably the best option for patients is to keep the hernia under control and to delay surgery for as long as possible. People who suffer from mild, uncomplicated forms of inguinal hernia are recommended to avoid intense physical effort and to reduce the amount of stress in order to prevent further aggravation of the disorder. Also, patients diagnosed with inguinal hernia should pay regular visits to their doctors for physical examination. If patients who suffer from mild inguinal hernia take special measures for preventing the development of complications, they can delay surgery for many years.