Inguinal hernia is a disease that affects millions of people, one of the most widespread types of hernia. But many do not know about its existence and it is the subject of very few medical articles and books.
Inguinal hernia occurs when some of the tissue that is part of the intestine pushes through a spot in the abdominal wall. As a result, severe pain can appear. Pain increases if someone who suffers from inguinal hernia lifts something heavy, coughs or makes some specific types of movements.
This type of hernia can appear in the second half of the life, when the muscles are beginning to become weaker because of old-age or even smoking. Because the muscles are becoming less stronger the tissue mentioned above starts to expand and push through the abdominal wall.
Recent studies have proven that the number of men who are suffering from inguinal hernia is larger than the number of women who have it, but this may simply be a coincidence. Even some children have been diagnosticated with inguinal hernia but these cases were rare. Inguinal hernia can sometimes appear at newborns because the abdominal wall is weak at birth. It can easily be detected because the bulge created is visible, especially when the child coughs.
The disease itself is not dangerous, but if it is not treated it may lead to severe complications that may even lead to death in some extreme cases.
This is why doctors recommend surgery as soon as inguinal hernia is starting to cause pain or it is starting to grow.
In the past, the surgery for inguinal hernia involved a large opening in the abdomen followed by a long time spent in the hospital for recovery, but nowadays the surgical tehniques have improved a lot and the operation can be done in a much easier way and without weeks of recovery in the hospital.
The symptoms of inguinal hernia are in some cases invisible and you only find out that you are suffering from it when the doctor tells you. But in most cases they are visible. The most common symptom is a large bulge that can easily be seen and felt.
Other symptoms are
-heavy sensation in your groin, even pain sometimes
-at men pain in the scrotum