Groin (inguinal) hernias are by far the most common hernias in adults. They are significantly more common in men, but do also occur in women with a ratio of about 10 to 1. Inguinal hernias result from a weakness, tear, or opening in the muscle wall of the lower abdomen or groin. As a result, the contents of the abdomen, such as intestine, may protrude through the muscle creating localized bulge and/or variable degrees of discomfort and pain.
Modern hernia repair is “tension-free” and involves placing a mesh in the groin, instead of pulling tightly and suturing muscle edges together under significant tension; this results in less pain and less hernia recurrence. Tension-free hernia repairs are achieved using two surgical approaches:
- Open repair, where an incision is made in the groin, over the area of the hernia
- Laparoscopic repair, or “key-hole” surgery, where 3 tiny incisions are made, including one at the belly button, and the hernia repaired with the help of a scope
Our surgeons have extensive experience and are skilled in both repair techniques. Whether you have a small simple hernias or a giant, complicated or recurrent hernia, the hernia surgeons at Surgical Associates will discuss the options with you and help you decide which one is best suited for you. We strive to provide you with the best possible repair of your hernia with the lowest overall risk of post-operative problems or recurrent hernia formation.
For most types of groin (inguinal) hernia repairs, you are admitted two hours prior to your operation, the actual surgery usually takes 30-45 minutes, and you are walking and discharged within two hours after the procedure is completed. There is usually minimal postoperative pain allowing patients to actually resume virtually normal activity with few if any restrictions.