This is a "groin hernia" that results in groin pain or a bulge in the groin area. 1 out of every 4 males will develop one during their lifetime. Many do not know they have one until they develop pain. An inguinal hernia occurs when there is a tear in the abdominal wall muscles which results in a bulge. Intestines and fatty tissue can get inside the hernia which will cause it to get bigger over time. Once the inguinal hernia causes pain or becomes large it can only be treated with surgery.
Symptoms of an Inguinal Hernia
Most people first notice their hernia when they develop groin pain or a bulge in the groin. Since some patients experience no pain, they are unaware of their hernia. Inguinal hernias progressively increase in size and become more uncomfortable with time. When the hernia becomes increasingly painful, stuck and firm, it may be strangulated. If this occurs, seek medical attention immediately.
Diagnosis of an Inguinal Hernia
Diagnosis of an inguinal hernia requires a physical examination. No X-rays or tests are needed to diagnose a hernia in most cases.
Causes of an Inguinal Hernia
- Sudden or repetitive lifting or pushing
Constipation, coughing, or straining with urination
Some people are born with them
Inguinal Hernia Surgery
Inguinal hernias do not go away on their own. The only way to fix an inguinal hernia is through surgery. They cannot be fixed with diet, exercise, or physical therapy. Beware of false claims on the internet - there are no pills or exercises to make any hernia go away.
Inguinal Hernia Surgery at the Hernia Center of Southern California
At the Hernia Center of Southern California we use state-of-the-art techniques in hernia repair. We have successfully preformed over 10,000 "tension-free" inguinal hernia operations. This experience has resulted in the lowest rates of postÂoperative pain and recurrence leading to great patient satisfaction. Our Tension-Free Albin Technique was developed over a period of 20 years and is the most highly-developed form of mesh hernia repair. Our tension-free technique ensures that each patient receives specialized care that caters to the individualâï¿½ï¿½s needs, rather than a âï¿½ï¿½one size fits allâï¿½ï¿½ hernia repair. Each hernia repair surgery is customized based on body size, physical activity level, and work situation.
Types of Anesthesia for Hernia Surgery
Inguinal hernia surgery is typically performed under a local anesthesia with sedation. Patients are allowed to return home the same day, often requiring little or no medication. Anesthesia is catered to each patientâï¿½ï¿½s individual needs. Many patients are allowed to choose their preferred anesthesia method.
Local Anesthesia with Sedation
With this method, the patient rests comfortably during surgery. Ninety-percent of our patients choose local anesthesia with sedation. We use a local anesthetic and an intravenous medication to drift the patients into a relaxed sleep during surgery. This is our most popular method. Most patients are so comfortable they do not feel like they had surgery.
This allows a patient to be conscious throughout the surgery. The patient has the unique opportunity to be awake and witness their own hernia surgery. Patients travel to us, worldwide, because we are one of few hernia centers to provide this experience.
General anesthesia is for patients who need a deeper sleep during the entire operation. General anesthesia is often necessary for major, more complicated hernia surgeries. This is combined with local anesthesia.
Specialized Anesthesia for Every Patient
At the Hernia Center of Southern California we pride ourselves in making sure every patient is pain free when they come out of surgery. All patients receive our special technique of local anesthesia which lasts for five-to-six hours after surgery. Patients experience no immediate post-operative pain.
The recovery period is approximately one hour. Patients are discharged the same day the surgery is performed with a prescription for pain pills. Most patients will require only over-the-counter pain pills. All patients are given a post-op instruction sheet to take home with them and follow.
Patients will be able to return to their normal daily activities, including driving, within a couple of days.
Dr. Albin is a well recognized expert in inguinal hernia repair. The Hernia Center of Southern California specializes in all types of advanced open and laparoscopic hernia surgery. Dr. Albin has performed over 9,500 hernia surgeries in 20 years. His surgical practice is limited to the diagnosis and treatment of hernias. He is truly the hernia specialist. Patients see Dr. Albin from Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties as well as throughout the United States. The Albin Tension Free Mesh Technique is recognized worldwide.