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Groin Hernias

Groin Hernias

If you feel a pain in your groin when you cough or lift something heavy, you may have what doctors call an inguinal hernia. It happens when a part of the small intestine or fat pushes through a weak area of your lower abdominal wall. About 3 out of every 4 hernias are in the groin.

During inguinal hernia repair, your surgeon pushes the bulging tissues back into the abdomen while stitching and reinforcing the portion of the abdominal wall containing the defect. This procedure is also known as inguinal herniorrhaphy and open hernia repair.

There are 2 types:
1) Inguinal
2) Femoral.

1) Inguinal: Almost all groin hernias are this kind. You get them when part of your intestine pushes through a weakness in the lower belly and affects an area of the groin called the inguinal canal.

There are 2 kinds of this hernia:

  • Indirect. The more common type; it enters the inguinal canal
  • Direct. Does not enter the canal.

2) Femoral: Only a few out of every 100 groin hernias are femoral. They’re more common in older women. They are often mistaken for inguinal hernias.

They bulge into a different area of the groin called the femoral canal. You might see a lump right around the crease of the groin or just into the upper thigh

They can be life-threatening in the same way as inguinal hernias. The danger with femoral hernias, though, is that you often don’t get feel any symptoms or see anything until you need medical help right away.