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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is inguinal hernia?

An inguinal hernia is a condition where a bulge appears in your groin region, in the area between your lower abdomen and your thigh, through a weakening of muscles in your lower abdomen. This bulge is commonly a protrusion of your tissue or abdominal organs such as your intestines. If not treated, inguinal hernias can result in an obstruction of your digestive system.

Symptoms of inguinal hernia

  • Swelling in the groin region

  • Groin swelling appears when standing up

  • Lump or swelling in the abdomen/stomach

Questions your doctor may ask to check for inguinal hernia

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose inguinal hernia

  • Do you have a swelling in the groin region?

  • Do you have swelling in the groin area when standing up?

  • Do you feel a lump or hard swelling in your abdomen/stomach?

Treatment for inguinal hernia

An inguinal hernia left on its own is not necessarily dangerous. However, it usually does not improve on its own, can worsen and lead to life-threatening complicaitions. Surgery is the only definitive treatment for inguinal hernias.

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