A hernia occurs when an organ protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall. There are differenttypes of hernia that can occur in the areas of the groin. Many studies and systematic reviews focusing specifically on groin hernia in women. For more information on groin hernias and the treatment methods, please keep following SMILES, the best hernia hospital in Bangalore.
What is Groin Hernia?
An inguinal hernia, also known as groin hernia is a weakness in the muscles and tissues of the groin (between the abdomen and the upper thigh). The resulting bulge can be painful and frustrating, especially when you cough or lift heavy objects. A groin hernia can develop in both males and females, but women are more likely to develop groin hernia. This is due to, in women, the inguinal canal contains the round ligament that gives support for the womb.
Many women with groin hernia don’t seek treatment because it may be small and does not cause symptoms. However, prompt medical treatment can help prevent further protrusion and discomfort- says Dr. Sujeev, one of the best hernia treatment doctors.
What are the symptoms of a groin hernia?
At first, groin hernias either may cause no symptoms or may cause only a feeling of pressure in the groin. As the hernia grows you may experience any of the following symptoms.
- ● A bulge in the lower abdomen (groin) area.
- ● Increased pain or discomfort in the groin, especially when bending over or coughing and lifting heavy objects.
- ● A burning sensation at the bulge.
- ● Pain and swelling of the scrotum (in men).
What are the causes of a groin hernia?
The exact cause of inguinal hernia or groin hernia in women is not always known. But, they could be the result of weak spots in the abdominal wall and groin muscles. Excess pressure on this area can eventually cause a hernia.
Theexperts of hernia treatment at SMILES outlined some risk factors associated with the development of groin hernias that include:
- ● Pregnancy
- ● Long-term coughing or sneezing
- ● Obesity
- ● Frequent straining during urination or bowel movements
- ● Cystic fibrosis
Patients who suspect inguinal hernia or groin hernia should consult the doctor immediately. Also, if the hernia begins to grow or experiencing nausea or vomiting, it may require immediate medical attention.
What is the treatment of a groin hernia?
Groin hernias will not get better on its own, but not all groin hernias need to be treated. The treatment of inguinal hernia often depends on the amount of pain and discomfort, and its interference with activity. Enlarging or painful hernias usually require surgery to relieve the discomfort and prevent serious health complications.
Groin hernias can be treated using a variety of surgical techniques that include:
- ● Open groin hernia surgery
In open groin hernia repair, a surgeon makes a single long incision in the groin and pushes the protruding tissue back into the abdomen. The surgeon attaches a synthetic mesh (hernioplasty) to strengthen the abdominal tissues and reduce the risk of another hernia. The tear or opening is then closed with stitches, staples or surgical glue.
This hernia treatment procedure will be done under general anesthesia or local anesthesia and sedation. After the open hernia surgery, depending on the complexity patients may need to stay in the hospital for a few days and can return to normal activities (in two to three weeks).
- ● Laparoscopic groin hernia surgery
Laparoscopic surgery is an option when the hernias are smaller in size and easy to access. This is a minimally invasive procedure that requires three to four small incisions and a laparoscope, a small tube with a camera, to visualize the hernia defect on the monitor. Patients who have undergone laparoscopic repair might have less discomfort and scarring and a fast recovery.
Laparoscopic hernia repair allows the laparoscopic surgeon to avoid scar tissue from an earlier hernia repair. So, it is a good choice for patients whose hernias recur after open hernia surgery. This Laparoscopic hernia surgery allows patients to go home on the same day of surgery and allow them to return to daily activities in one to two weeks.
Are your hernia symptoms persistent and obstructing your intestines? Do not ignore it. It is important to recognize that untreated groin hernias can cause serious health complications. Get emergency medical care with a qualified laparoscopic hernia surgeon, contact SMILES.