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Inguinal hernias aren’t usually a medical emergency. Treatment can depend on the hernia’s size, your symptoms and even your age. However, Joseph Talarico, MD, one of four general surgeons with Thompson Health, says hernias do not heal by themselves and will continue to worsen if ignored.
WHAT IS AN INGUINAL HERNIA?
There are two types of inguinal hernias: direct and indirect.
SIGNS, SYMPTOMS AND RISK FACTORS
The first sign of an inguinal hernia usually is a small bulge under the skin on one side of the groin. Other symptoms can include pain or pressure at the hernia site.
Risk factors for an inguinal hernia include:
WHY SEE YOUR DOCTOR?
Inguinal hernias may grow larger over time, and that can lead to more serious problems. Dr. Talarico says it’s important to see the doctor once a hernia is symptomatic, with pain, tenderness or swelling, for example.
If a hernia is ignored, one serious condition that can occur is known as incarceration, in which the hernia gets trapped and can’t be pushed back in. If an incarcerated hernia becomes strangulated, Dr. Talarico says, “what was an easy operation now becomes an emergency.” Yet hernia surgery usually is a one-day event. Dr. Talarico says the operation is an outpatient procedure involving three small incisions. The patient spends approximately 35 minutes in the operating room, under anesthesia, and is able to return home the same day. Over-the-counter medications and icing are then typically used during recovery.
Joseph A. Talarico, MD, F.A.C.S
A. David Peter, MD, FACS
Paul S. Whitehead, M.D.
Thomas A. Wormer, M.D.