Inguinal Hernia

Inguinal hernia occurs when soft tissue such as the intestine protrudes through a weak spot in the muscles of the abdominal wall. They most often occur in the groin area, and are sometimes called ruptures.

Men, women and children of all ages may experience hernias, which may occur over time through wear and tear on the body. They may also be present at birth.

Men are about ten times more likely to get inguinal hernias than women, with approximately 500,000 American males requiring hernia surgery each year.

Symptoms include:

  • Lump in groin area when standing or straining which disappears when reclining
  • Pain at the lump site, especially when lifting a heavy object
  • Swelling of the scrotum
  • Extreme abdominal pain (the intestine twists and is caught in the muscle tear)
  • Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and pain (if intestinal obstruction occurs). Often associated with constipation or a change in bowel habits.

If surgery is necessary:

Dr. Finley performs minimally invasive hernia repair in nearly all of the cases. This provides for an earlier return to normal activity (usually a week as opposed to 6 weeks "the old fashioned way") less pain and less chance that the hernia could come back.

The surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure.