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What is Inguinal Hernia?

The word “inguinal” refers to a specific area in your lower abdomen, near the groin. That’s where this hernia occurs. To picture it, think about the area where your belly meets your thigh, on both sides. This is where your inguinal canals are located.
Your abdomen contains important organs like the stomach, liver, intestines, etc. It’s like a strong, flexible container that keeps everything in place. Its walls are made up of muscles and tissues, and they work together to keep your organs safe.

So, What Goes Wrong is that,

Sometimes, due to factors like age, genetics, or even lifting heavy things, the walls of your abdomen can become weak in certain spots, especially around the inguinal canals. When this happens, a small part of your intestine or fatty tissue can slip through these weak spots and form a bulge. This bulge is the hernia. Laparoscopic groin or inguinal hernia repair is known as the most effective solution for treating this and closing the weak spot in the abdomen.

Signs and Symptoms

Inguinal hernias can develop on one or both sides of the body and are more common in men than in women. Here is a list of common signs and symptoms of an inguinal hernia:

Visible bulge

The most noticeable sign of an inguinal hernia is a bulge or swelling in the groin or lower abdomen. This bulge might become more prominent when you stand, cough, or strain.

Pain or discomfort

You might experience aching or sharp pain around the bulge or in the groin area. This discomfort can vary from mild to severe and may worsen when you lift heavy objects or engage in physical activity.

Weakness or heaviness

Some people with an inguinal hernia might feel a sense of weakness or heaviness in the groin or lower abdomen.

Coughing or straining

Coughing, sneezing, laughing, or straining during bowel movements can increase pressure in the abdomen and cause the hernia bulge to become more noticeable or painful.


The area around the hernia might feel tender to the touch, and you might experience localized pain or discomfort when you press on the bulge.

Swelling and redness

In some cases, the hernia area might become swollen and red, indicating inflammation or irritation.

Groin Pain

Pain might radiate from the groin area into the upper thigh or lower abdomen.

Change in bowel habits

You might experience changes in your bowel movements, such as constipation or difficulty passing stools.

It’s important to remember that not everyone with an inguinal hernia will experience all of these symptoms, and the severity can vary. If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, especially if they are causing you discomfort or concern, it’s recommended to consult a medical professional for proper evaluation and guidance. Ignoring these signs could potentially lead to worsening of the condition because if you do not get it checked in time, it can cause;


A hernia can sometimes cause a blockage in the intestine, leading to bowel obstruction. This can result in symptoms like severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and an inability to pass gas or have bowel movements. Laparoscopic groin or inguinal hernia repair is often needed to alleviate the obstruction.

Incarcerated Inguinal Hernia

An incarcerated hernia occurs when a portion of the intestine or other tissue becomes trapped within the hernia sac but still has its blood supply intact. This can cause pain, discomfort, and a visible bulge that cannot be pushed back in. While not immediately life threatening, an incarcerated hernia requires medical attention because it can potentially progress to a strangulated hernia.

Strangulated Inguinal Hernia

A strangulated hernia is a more serious situation. It occurs when a portion of the intestine or tissue becomes trapped within the hernia sac and its blood supply is compromised or cut off. This can lead to tissue damage, necrosis (tissue death), and serious complications. Strangulated hernias are associated with severe pain, tenderness, redness, and often systemic symptoms like nausea and vomiting. Strangulated hernias require immediate medical intervention, often involving emergency surgery to release the trapped tissue and restore blood flow.

Inguinal Hernia Treatment

Treatment for an inguinal hernia involves addressing its structural defect, which requires closing the hole in the abdominal wall through a surgical procedure. Despite popular home remedies like apple cider vinegar, they are ineffective for this purpose. Inguinal hernia on both sides can be addressed in a single procedure.

There are two main procedures available for hernia repair;  

Laparoscopic Repair

Laparoscopic groin or inguinal hernia repair is the standard surgical procedure for the treatment of inguinal hernia. It is a minimally invasive technique that involves making small cuts through which a camera and specialized instruments are inserted.
During the surgery, the hernia is pushed back into the abdomen, and a synthetic mesh is placed over the weakened area of the abdominal wall to provide reinforcement. The mesh used in laparoscopic repair is often designed to be more flexible and lightweight and is typically made of materials that promote tissue ingrowth and integration, helping the body’s tissues grow into and around the mesh over time. The mesh becomes part of the body, giving strength and support to the abdominal muscles. This help strengthens the repair and reduces the risk of the hernia recurring.

Laparoscopic groin or inguinal hernia repair offers benefits such as reduced pain, lower risk of infection, faster recovery, and smaller scars compared to traditional open surgery.
This procedure is often preferred for its minimally invasive nature and its ability to address inguinal hernias while minimizing discomfort and recovery time for the patient. However, not everyone is a suitable candidate for laparoscopic repair due to their medical history, making open repair the only option in such cases.

Open Repair

During the procedure, a large incision is made directly over the hernia site, and the hernia is carefully pushed back into the abdomen. The surrounding tissues are stretched to bring them closer, however, it can create some tension in the area. A synthetic mesh patch is placed over the weakened area of the abdominal wall to provide support. Because the mesh is placed outside the abdominal wall, it doesn’t need to be as flexible as the mesh used in laparoscopic repair, in fact it is more rigid and heavyweight. The incisions are then closed. This traditional procedure has a recurrence rate of around 70%.

While open inguinal hernia repair might result in a slightly larger scar compared to laparoscopic groin or inguinal hernia repair, it remains an effective approach that has been used for many years. It might be recommended based on factors like the patient’s medical history and the size of the hernia. Although the recovery period after open repair can be slightly longer than with laparoscopic repair, the procedure is generally well tolerated and offers successful outcomes in treating inguinal hernias.

Expert Hernia Care at ALSA Pakistan

We prioritize the well-being of our patients by providing exceptional care and expert medical services. Dr. Tahir Yunus specializes in both open repair and laparoscopic groin or inguinal hernia repair. He carefully evaluate each patient and recommends the best course of action based on their condition. You can trust us to provide top-notch healthcare solutions that prioritize your comfort, safety, and well-being. Experience the difference with us as we combine advanced medical techniques with compassionate care to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.