These are most common in men occurring in the groin area and formed by a weak spot in the abdominal muscle. Over 750,000 inguinal hernia repairs are performed annually in the United States and it is estimated that 7% of the population will develop an inguinal hernia at some point in their lives.
Additionally, there are both Indirect Inguinal Hernias and Direct Inguinal Hernias. Both similarly appear as a bulge, however, your physician will make the clinical diagnosis. Indirect inguinal hernias are common in children as they occur in the pathway that was created as sexual organs descended before birth. However, these can occur to adults later in life as well. While indirect inguinal hernias are most common in men, they can occur in women as well.
An incision will be made above the site of the hernia, so that the surgeon may push your intestine back into your abdomen. Your surgeon will then repair the weakened or torn muscles by suturing it together, to prevent reoccurrence of a hernia at the same site at a later date. This type of repair may allow you to move about right after the surgery, however you may need to wait 4 to 6 weeks before you're able to fully return to the activities of your daily life.
Hernioplasty (Mesh Repair)
This type of repair uses partially absorbable mesh. The mesh acts like a fence to reduce tension on the wound and prevent reoccurrence. Hernia repairs performed this way may typically,
- Be completed in an outpatient setting
- Be completed under or local or regional anesthetic
- Allow patients to go home the same day
- Reduce the risk of a bacterial infection Result in a quicker recovery.