Groin Hernia (Inguinal Hernia) 


A groin hernia is a painful condition that requires careful treatment.

Inguinal hernia is a common condition that should be treated. If you notice pain radiating through your groin area when you cough, bend, or lift, you could have an inguinal hernia. Our hernia experts are here to help and set you up for a rapid recovery. 


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What is a groin hernia?

A groin hernia, more formally known as an inguinal hernia, is a defect of the muscles covering your groin that allows the passage of intra-abdominal contents through the muscle tear near the right or left inguinal canal. There are three primary types of inguinal hernias: the direct inguinal hernia, the femoral inguinal hernia, and the indirect inguinal hernia.


What are the symptoms of a groin hernia?

There are a few key signs to watch out for if you think you may be experiencing an inguinal hernia:

  • A bulge along the pubic area that becomes more obvious when you’re upright, particularly if you cough or strain
  • Pain or discomfort in your groin when coughing, bending, lifting or exercising
  • Weakness or pressure in your groin


Treatment for groin hernias

To properly repair an inguinal hernia surgery is required. Our team of accomplished hernia surgeons provide you with a recommendation based on your diagnosis and lifestyle needs. Common options for surgical repair of hernias include:

Laparoscopy Inguinal Herniorrhaphy

In a laparoscopic inguinal herniorrhaphy, the surgeon uses small incisions and a camera to repair the defect from under the muscles. A laparoscopic inguinal herniorrhaphy is a great repair for bilateral hernias or hernias of the groin accompanied by a hernia of the belly button.

Inguinal Herniorrhaphy

In an inguinal herniorrhaphy, the surgeon will use mesh to repair the defect through an incision directly over the groin. This is a great repair for single-sided hernias.



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