Inguinal hernias are common, affecting about 27% of men and 3% of women at some point in their lives. The team of surgeons at Advanced Surgical of North Texas treats inguinal hernias in adolescents and adults at their facility in McKinney, Texas. If you have an inguinal hernia, call the office or book an appointment online today.
An inguinal hernia occurs when some tissue from an internal organ, such as part of your small intestine, bulges through a weak spot in your lower abdominal wall. These hernias can develop at one of two passages located on either side of the groin, known as the inguinal canals.
The small intestine is the most common organ involved in an inguinal hernia. Women may also have inguinal hernias that affect reproductive organs, including the ovaries. Men are about 8-10 times more likely to have inguinal hernias than women.
An inguinal hernia causes a noticeable bulge along either side of your groin. The bulge may appear larger and cause pain when you stand up, cough, or exercise. Men may experience pain or swelling around the scrotum.
Weak spots in the muscles and connective tissues around the inguinal canals can allow hernias to develop. These weak spots may be present at birth, or they can develop later in life.
Injuries or abdominal surgeries can cause weaknesses in the abdominal wall that may increase your risk of an inguinal hernia. Having a condition that puts extra pressure on the abdominal wall, such as a chronic cough or constipation, also increases your risk.
The team at Advanced Surgical of North Texas reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam. They may also order imaging tests, such as an abdominal ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT) scan, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.
After confirming your diagnosis, your surgeon thoroughly explains your condition and describes your treatment options. An inguinal hernia won’t heal itself, so surgery is the primary treatment.
The team uses minimally invasive techniques, including laparoscopic surgery, to treat inguinal hernias. Laparoscopy uses a long, thin camera and tiny surgical tools to repair the hernia through small incisions. This involves less pain, smaller scars, and a shorter recovery time than open surgery.
For expert care of inguinal hernias, call Advanced Surgical of North Texas, or book an appointment online today.