Groin | Inguinal Hernia
A common hernia, often seen in men
The majority of all hernias are located in the groin area. These hernias occur when the contents of the abdomen push through a weak spot in the muscle. These typically happen in active and athletic people. Symptoms may include a bulge but may not be associated with any pain.
It’s important to have an expert physician diagnose any hernia and recommend the appropriate treatment. A hernia can become strangulated or incarcerated, cutting off blood supply and requiring emergency surgery. Strangulation can result in losing a testicle and, worse, can even lead to a life threatening situation.
These hernias can be the result of childbirth and are most often seen in women, although they can appear in men. The hernia is the result of a weakness in the lower groin near the femoral vein. More often than not, the hernia is only detected in an emergency when it becomes strangulated. Therefore, if a femoral hernia is diagnosed early, it is advised to repair it surgically before a complication occurs.