Inguinal hernias occur when the soft tissues - usually part of the intestine - protrudes through a weak area or rupture in the lower part of the abdominal wall. The result can be a painful bump - especially when you cough, bend down, or lift more than one heavy object.
Not necessarily dangerous by themselves, inguinal hernias can result in potentially fatal complications.
What are its symptoms?
Some hernias do not cause any symptoms, and may be discovered during routine medical examination. Often, however, you can see and feel a bump in the protuberance of the intestine. The protuberance is generally more obvious when you stand vertically, especially if you cough or make efforts.
Inguinal signs and symptoms of hernia include:
- Protuberance in both sides of the pubic bones
- Discomfort when bending down, coughing or lifting objects
- Occasionally, in men, pain and swelling in the scrotum around the testis when the intestine protuberance descends in the scrotum
What are the advantages of laparoscopic repair of Inguinal Hernia?
The laparoscopic repair of hernia is a technique that repairs damages in the abdominal wall (muscle) through the use of small incisions made over the abdominal wall. It is possible to return faster to work and normal activities with a reduction of pain in some patients.
What preparation is required?
Generally, hernia operations are made as ambulatory; therefore, the patient may go home the same day of the surgery The pre-surgical preparation includes blood analyses, medical assessment, chest radiography and electrocardiogram depending on the age and medical condition of the person.