Inguinal hernia symptoms are mainly a continual discomfort in the groin that often slowly worsens as the day goes on and usually eases at night when lying down. An inguinal hernia is located in the groin region and is the classical hernia that people tend to associate the term "hernia" with. An inguinal hernias is more common in men than women (but women do get them).
There are of two types of inguinal hernia, direct and indirect. For patients this distinction is irrelevant as the same operation fixes both types.
An inguinal hernia is essentially a weakness in the muscle wall of the abdomen. This weakness allows the lining of the abdominal contents (the peritoneum) to bulge through as a sac.
This peritoneal sac can contain bowel, so usually when you stand up the hernia appears as a lump/bulge in the groin and when you lie down it usually goes away (though sometmes you have to push it in).
Common symtoms include, ache in the groin (often worse as the day progresses), testicular pain is common, trapped wind, and a 'squidging' sensation over the hernia.Frequently patients have no discomfort at all.
There are three main techniques for repairing an inguinal hernia, they are:
1 in 5 of all our patients are recommended by a friend or relative