Inquinal HerniaAn inguinal hernia occurs when the muscles of the groin or lower abdomen are weakened enough to allow the tissues they support to push outward. In some cases, a portion of the intestine may protrude through the opening in the muscle wall. This could potentially cause obstruction of the bowel and serious medical consequences for patients. Dr. Rick Ngo and the experts at Texas Hernia & Surgical Specialists can provide minimally invasive surgery for inguinal hernias.

Symptoms of an Inguinal Hernia

Some of the most common symptoms of inguinal hernias include the following:

  • A feeling of weakness, tightness or pressure around the groin
  • Pain in the groin when you lift objects, cough or bend over
  • Aching and discomfort in the site of the bulge
  • Intestinal distress, including constipation and a feeling of being overly full
  • Fever
  • Nausea

Seeking medical treatment with a qualified hernia doctor is essential to treat these symptoms and the underlying problems that cause them.

What Causes Inguinal Hernia

When there’s an opening or weakness in your lower abdominal wall, it allows the abdominal tissue to push through, resulting in an inguinal hernia. Here are some possible factors that contribute to this phenomenon:

  • A weak spot or opening present at birth
  • Opening or weak spot left behind from a previous abdominal surgery
  • The constant need to strain for pooping or peeing
  • Chronic coughing or sneezing
  • Indulging in strenuous exercise or manual labor frequently
  • Differences in the strength of connective tissue present since birth
  • Carrying small children and years of pregnancy
  • Standing for many hours at a time due to the nature of your job
  • Chronic obesity that causes intraabdominal pressure
  • Normal tissue degeneration due to age

Possible Complications

If you suspect you have an inguinal hernia. You will need medical attention to repair the affected site.

Left untreated, it will only make things worse, especially an enlarged testicle hernia that moves down into the scrotum in anyone assigned male at birth. Here are some complications of inguinal hernia:

  1. Incarceration: You will experience pain and other symptoms if the hernia becomes trapped, as it cannot be reduced.
  2. Small Bowel Obstruction: A blockage can occur if a part of your small intestine becomes trapped and pinched due to a hernia. You may feel abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting since you will be unable to poop and pass gas.
  3. Strangulation: The tissue can become inflamed or infected due to lack of blood supply, which eventually leads to tissue death if you have strangulated hernia. You will need to see a hernia specialist immediately.

The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Hernia Surgery

The incisions used for minimally invasive surgery are much smaller than those used in traditional procedures. This approach to hernia treatment will provide you with the fastest healing times and a comfortable experience throughout your hernia surgery recovery. Dr. Ngo is a leading hernia surgeon with proven experience in minimally invasive procedures.

Contact Us Today!

At Texas Hernia & Surgical Specialists, Dr. Ngo and our entire team are committed to providing you with optimal solutions for your needs. We offer minimally invasive surgery for inguinal hernias and many other types of hernias. To learn more about inguinal hernia symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, call us today at (888)365-1544. Our hernia specialist will be happy to discuss your treatment options with you.

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