What Is the Diagnosis and Treatment of Inguinal Hernia?

Q:
What is the diagnosis and treatment of inguinal hernia?

A:
Your doctor can usually diagnose an inguinal hernia during a physical exam. During the exam, your doctor will ask you to cough while standing so they can check the hernia when it’s most noticeable.

If your hernia is small and isn’t bothering you, your doctor may recommend watchful waiting. Enlarging or painful hernias usually require surgery. There are two general types of hernia operations:

  • Open hernia repair. In this procedure, the surgeon makes an incision in your groin and pushes the protruding tissue back into your abdomen. The surgeon then sews the weakened area, often reinforcing it with a synthetic mesh. The opening is then closed with stitches, staples or surgical glue.
  • Laparoscopy. Laparoscopy allows the surgeon to avoid scar tissue from an earlier hernia repair, so it might be a good choice for people whose hernias recur after traditional hernia surgery. It also might be a good choice for people with hernias on both sides of the body.
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