An Inguinal Hernia is a lump that appears in the groin area. It typically affects men, but it can affect women too. If you think you may be suffering from an inguinal hernia, it’s important that you reach out and seek treatment right away, as this issue can become quite severe.
Addressing Your Inguinal Hernia
An inguinal hernia is never a fun experience. The lump in your groin may be painful and you may need to see your GP initially, and it will probably limit your activities—including exercise—until it is treated. If left untreated, an inguinal hernia can lead to serious complications, as they often contain part of your bowel. However, surgical correction is mostly straightforward and involves pushing the contents of the hernia back into the abdomen and utilising a surgical mesh to hold it in place.
If you’re interested in learning more about inguinal hernia repair, our surgical team is standing by and ready to help. Simply reach out to our Glasgow call centre and set up your consultation at the Elanic clinic most convenient for you.
Repairing an Inguinal Hernia
While an inguinal hernia might seem like a relatively small issue, it can actually become quite serious, and even deadly. A hernia is a small tear that forms in the muscles and tissues that make up your abdominal wall. This can be caused by a number of factors, with excessive strain being the most common cause.
When a hernia occurs, part of your intestinal tract can begin to poke through the small tear that has formed. If this happens, the complications that can follow can have potentially life-threatening consequences. For this reason, it’s recommended that you reach out and set up a consultation, even if you only suspect you may have a hernia. This issue will not resolve on its own, and surgical intervention is often the only solution.
Hernia repair is quite straightforward, and can often be performed laparoscopically. This technique involves a very small incision and is much more minimally invasive than a traditional, “open” surgical technique, so you can enjoy a significantly reduced recovery time.
To repair an inguinal hernia, any intestinal protrusion will be pushed back in, and the hernia will then be held closed with the placement of a surgical mesh.
Hernia Surgery Recovery
Surgical correction can be carried out either under local anesthesia or with local anesthetic and sedation. The operation takes less than an hour to carry out and is a "walk-in, walk-out" procedure. You may need to take a week off exercise and a couple of days off from work depending on your occupation. Before your surgery, we’ll ensure that you have detailed aftercare instructions, and we’ll schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your healing progress. To learn more about how we can help you repair and recover from an inguinal hernia, simply reach out to our Glasgow call centre and set up your consultation with a member of our team today.