Health A to Z Last updated on 2021-03-25 19:33:57
Men Should Watch Out for Inguinal Hernia
- Dr. Abhishtita Mudunuri
- 3 Min Read
- Fact Checked
A hernia is a relatively common and non-threatening condition wherein an internal organ, tissue or fat bulges outward through a muscle. A hernia where intestines or abdomen fat might find a weak spot in the abdominal wall to protrude through the groin area is an inguinal hernia. This condition typically manifests in two ways:
- Indirect Inguinal Hernia: Is mostly congenital. It is a protrusion through the inguinal ring into the groin.
- Direct Inguinal Hernia: Occurs mostly in Adult men due to old age, stress and weakened abdominal muscle wall.
- Weak muscles due to advancing age wherein men above the age of 40 are at a higher risk
- Weak muscles due to a previous surgery
- ‘Smoker’s Cough’ weakening the abdominal walling
- Having close relatives who have had this condition
- Open hernia repair: During this procedure, your surgeon will make a large incision over the affected area to perform surgery. The recovery period is usually a couple of weeks.
- Laparoscopy: Laparoscopic repair offers relatively lesser discomfort and minimal scarring. Multiple small abdominal incisions are made over the affected area, after which your doctor will insert a long tube carrying a camera. This helps the doctor perform the surgery inside the body. Although this method offers a shorter recovery period, it often carries the risk of a recurrence of inguinal hernia.
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