While groin discomfort is common, it’s important to seek proper medical care if you feel you may be suffering from an inguinal hernia to alleviate the painful and debilitating symptoms that can occur. Dr. Buckminster Farrow, MD, with offices in Houston and Katy, Texas, is a hernia specialist who has years of experience properly treating inguinal hernias, helping his patients get back to the activities that they love. To learn more about groin hernia repair, schedule a consultation online or by phone today.
An inguinal hernia occurs in the groin when a piece of fat or intestine pushes through a weakened area of your lower abdominal wall tissue. Due to structural differences between men and women, men are much more likely to develop this type of hernia.
Inguinal hernias can occur anytime from infancy to older adulthood, although men over 40 are more likely to develop this type of hernia. Research shows 30% of men experience this condition at some point in their lifetime, making inguinal hernias a very common occurrence.
Knowing the symptoms of an inguinal hernia is important since proper treatment from a hernia specialist like Dr. Farrow is often necessary to address the situation.
Symptoms often include one-sided abdominal or groin pain that gets worse with coughing, bending, or lifting heavy objects. In addition, most people notice a bulge in the area that may even protrude down toward the scrotum. Inguinal hernias can occur on just one side of the groin or can sometimes occur on both the right and left sides simultaneously (i.e. bilateral inguinal hernias).
As with other hernia repair procedures, there are different surgical options depending on the particular severity and unique needs of your situation. The traditional way of performing inguinal hernia repair surgery is to create an incision over the weakened area and patch the opening, thus preventing it from protruding anymore.
While effective, and necessary in certain situations, it can also lead to longer recovery times since it requires a larger incision. To allow quicker recovery and less pain, Dr. Farrow usually performs laparoscopic hernia repairs, with a mesh patch to reinforce the weakened tissue. Dr. Farrow discusses your options with you beforehand and will customize the optimal treatment plan to get you back to being you.
For those that have laparoscopic surgery, you’ll return home the day of your surgery. Pain medication may be necessary for just a few days, and it’s important to take it easy until such time as Dr. Farrow determines you can be more active. Most patients return to work within 5-7 days for office-based jobs or 2-4 weeks if the job requires more strenuous activity.
To learn more about groin hernia repair for inguinal hernias, schedule a consultation with Dr. Farrow online or by phone today.