Inguinal hernias are some of the most commonly occurring hernias and defined by soft tissues that protrude through weakened areas of the abdominal muscles. Most inguinal hernias in Bradenton patients occur along the membranes lining the abdomen or part of the intestine. Though they are not dangerous, they are capable of causing secondary complications, some of which can be life-threatening. It is important to consult with a surgeon about repairing an inguinal hernia, as the problem will not heal itself or improve on its own.
Did you know…
approximately 600,000 hernia operations are performed every year? Of them, many are performed to treat inguinal hernias, one of the most common types of hernias in the U.S. In fact, more than 1 in 6 adults develop an inguinal hernia at some point in their lives, making this procedure one of the most common in the world.
An inguinal hernia is identified by a bulge in the groin area that may or may not cause any other symptoms. In fact, these hernias are often first discovered during routine physical exams. Often, inguinal hernias will cause pain or discomfort when bending over, lifting heavy objects or coughing and sneezing. If you have a hernia that suddenly becomes discolored, seek emergency medical attention right away.
Today’s medical technology has made it possible to repair inguinal hernias laparoscopically, resulting in minimal patient discomfort and a faster recovery. A laparoscopic hernia surgery is performed through several tiny incisions instead of one large open incision. Tiny instruments and cameras allow surgeons to repair the hernia with synthetic mesh and discharge patients in less time than would be required with traditional surgery.
If you undergo laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair, you will likely be released to return to most normal activity within a few days of your procedure. Because laparoscopic surgery is minimally invasive, you will also enjoy less post-operative pain, minimal scarring and a lower risk of complications.
For more information about inguinal hernia surgery in Bradenton, contact our office to speak with one of our helpful team members.