Inguinal Hernia

Friday, August 02, 2013

An inguinal hernia occurs in the groin area, when a section of intestine pushes through a weak spot in the inguinal canal. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about inguinal hernias in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A hernia occurs when part of the body bulges into an area where it normally shouldn't be. An inguinal hernia occurs in the groin. With an inguinal hernia, a small part of the intestine bulges through a weak spot in the lower wall of the abdomen.

When symptoms occur, they usually include a tugging or pulling feeling, or a bulge or lump in the groin area. It may be worse with coughing, sneezing or straining.

Part of the intestine may get caught or trapped within the hernia. This is called a trapped hernia. It can cause pain, tenderness, redness, nausea and vomiting. It is a serious problem that needs surgery right away.

You should see a doctor if you feel a bulge or pain in the groin area, or if the pain and tenderness are getting worse.

Small hernias with few symptoms may not need to be treated. Surgery usually is needed for larger hernias or if the hernia becomes trapped or causes troublesome pain.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.