Inguinal Hernia


An inguinal hernia is a weakness or defect in the groin muscles causing a protrusion of intra-abdominal fat or organs through this defect.

The bulge is noticeable in the groin area and becomes more prominent when standing or coughing. It usually flattens out when lying down. If the hernia is trapped or “incarcerated”, it causes pain and does not flatten out even when lying down.

Most often people are born with weakness or separation of their groin muscle layers. Hernias can also worsen with obesity, heavy lifting and straining. These hernias can be painful, and intestines can get trapped in them leading to an emergent operation. It is recommended to get these hernias repaired electively, before they become incarcerated.

Inguinal hernias can be repaired laparoscopically using a few tiny skin incisions and closing the defect with a mesh. Repairing them in this fashion saves the patient from getting a large incision in the groin, and the pain and discomfort that accompanies. This is done as a same day procedure and people can return to work within a few days.

If you require a hernia repair, feel free to ask Dr. Mehta about your options.

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