Inguinal hernia symptoms

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What exactly is an inguinal hernia and what are the causes and related symptoms.

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Inguinal hernia symptoms

Even a simple task like walking can be challenging for people suffering from hernia.

An inguinal hernia occurs when the abdominal wall muscle either tears, ruptures or weakens, creating a hole in the abdominal wall.
The content of the abdomen or intestines will then push outwards passing through the hole causing a visible bulge. Most of the times but not always, the size of the bulge becomes even more noticeable when coughing or forcing the muscle of the abdomen. Here is a inguinal hernia picture.

The most common inguinal hernia symptoms can be caused by chronic constipation, chronic coughing, difficulty with urination. However, inguinal hernia symptoms usually happen while straining by performing either heavy lifting, pushing or pulling. If you notice some type of malformation around the belly area you should immediately seek medical attention. Untreated inguinal hernia can cause unpleasant complications leading to what is called Strangulated hernia. This happens when part of the intestines gets stuck in the opening, this can cut off blood supply and lead to damage intestinal tissue.

The only way to treat or repair inguinal hernia is by surgery. If your surgeon feels you are at risk, he or she will recommend inguinal hernia surgery in order to repair the hernia defect.
Inguinal hernia surgery can be performed by either standard operation procedures or laparoscopic hernia surgery.

Standard inguinal hernia operation

Before performing a standard inguinal hernia surgery, you will be given a general anaesthetic. Once the anaesthesia has taken effect, the surgeon will make a skin incision of about 4 to 5 inches in length right above the affected hernia (the bulge).
The surgeon will cut trough the skin and the muscle layers with a special instrument to gain access to the hernia defect. Then the surgeon will dissect and make an incision to the affected hernia and gently push back the content into the abdomen. Afterwards, the surgeon will close the opening with sutures and place a piece of synthetic mesh over the opening where the hernia was protruding to reinforce the affected area. Finally, the muscle layers and other tissues are sewn together. And the skin is closed with sutures.

laparoscopic hernia surgery.

Laparoscopic techniques for this type of surgery require only tiny incisions, which generally result in a shorter recovery period. Actually Most patients can leave the hospital 3 to 5 hours after the procedure.
The operation is done under general anaesthesia, which means you will be asleep during the whole process.
A normal laparoscopic inguinal surgery with no complication is usually done within one hour.

The surgeon will make 3 tiny incision through the abdomen wall to gain access. Through one of the incisions, the surgeon will introduce carbon dioxide gas in order to puff up your abdomen, so that its content can be viewed easier. This is done with specialized instruments. Next your surgeon will insert a telescopic camera trough the small incision and images will be projected on a room operating monitor. The surgeon will pass various instruments through the other incisions to dissect and repair the defected hernia. A piece of mesh is then suture over the hernia repair, to prevent the intestine from slipping back through the same hole.
Finally, the surgeon makes sure that the carbon dioxide has escaped from the abdomen, and closes the incisions with sutures or staples and covers them with bandages.
After the surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room for monitoring. You will be given pain medication if needed.

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