Inguinal hernias, which occur in the groin area, are far more common in men. An inguinal hernia is a bulge in the groin that is more prominent at the end of the day or after lifting or standing for long periods of time and is associated with discomfort or pain. It disappears by morning after lying down or can be pushed back into place.
Inguinal hernia is caused by a defect in the strength layer or fascia in the groin, allowing tissue from within the abdomen to directly herniate or push through. More commonly, a natural defect through which the cord and vessels pass to the testicles becomes enlarged, allowing other tissue to herniate from the abdomen into the groin and scrotum. Rarely, a hernia may occur in a space near the big vessels as they pass from the abdomen into the thigh.
Laparoscopically, using one incision the width of a dime and two others half that size, working between the layers of the abdominal wall, Dr. Seun can pull the herniating tissue back into the abdomen. He then places a wide patch or mesh to cover the defect and the other potential areas of weakness. The laparoscopic approach allows for a quicker recovery, coverage of the three potential hernia sites in the groin and repair of hernias in both groins using the same small incisions.