Inguinal hernias can be more than just a pain — they can put you in the hospital. This type of hernia occurs when tissue pushes through a weak spot in your groin muscle. This causes a bulge in the groin or scrotum which often hurts or burns.
Groin Hernia Symptoms
- A round bump in the groin or scrotum that may come and go
- A painful or burning sensation in the bump
Groin Hernia Risk Factors
- Being overweight
- Heavy lifting or frequent vigorous straining (i.e. working as a furniture mover)
- Severe coughing
- Frequent straining during elimination
Keep in mind, women can also experience groin hernias, particularly if the abdominal wall is weakened during pregnancy or other factors listed above.
Groin Hernia Treatment
Once a hernia develops, it will not go away without medical treatment.
A doctor or GI surgeon can usually diagnose a hernia based on a physical exam. Enlarged or painful hernias usually require surgery to relieve discomfort and prevent more serious complications. Laparoscopic surgery is often the solution for this condition, but may not need to be performed immediately.
Finding the Right Hernia Surgeon for You
Should you be faced with a need for surgery and have time to choose your NJ surgeon, be sure to carefully research the doctor to ensure he or she is board certified, affiliated with a top quality hospital or surgicenter and has performed the operation you need several times (within the past few months).
Learn more from Dr. Seun about minimally invasive treatment for hernias.
About Dr. Seun Sowemimo, MD, FACS
Dr. Seun is a top NJ bariatric surgeon and the medical director at Prime Surgicare, with offices in Freehold serving Monmouth and Ocean counties. He is board-certified, Columbia and Yale University fellowship-trained in advanced laparoscopic, bariatric and general surgery.
To learn more, visit his YouTube channel or call Prime Surgicare at (732)-982-2002.