by Premier Hospitals | February 28, 2019 |
When w feel a pain in our groin while coughing or lifting something heavy, it is a sign that one might have an inguinal hernia. They develop when fatty tissue or small intestinal tissues push through a weak area in the abdominal wall alongside the right or left inguinal canal.
Both men and women have inguinal canals. In men, the testis usually descends through the inguinal canal into the scrotum a few weeks before birth. In women, each canal is located in the passage around the ligament of the uterus. If any individual has a hernia near or in the passageway, it results in a bulge which is painful during movement.
An inguinal hernia might not be serious in some cases, but sometimes it can cause life-threatening complications.
An inguinal hernia is classified into four different types, which follows
Indirect Inguinal Hernia
It is the most common type of hernia and often occurs in premature births. It also commonly occurs in males and can occur at any time during our life.Direct Inguinal Hernia
This type of hernia often occurs in adults as age increases. It is believed that weakening muscles with age might lead to a direct inguinal hernia. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), men are most likely to get this direct inguinal hernia.
Incarcerated Inguinal Hernia
An incarcerated inguinal hernia occurs when tissue that has protruded into the groin gets stuck and is not reducible. It means the tissues canât be pushed back into its place.
Strangulated Inguinal Hernia
This type of hernias causes serious health issues. The muscle surrounding the weakened area of the abdomen clamps down around the tissue, cutting off the blood supply to the small intestine. Strangulated hernias are life-threatening and require emergency medical care.
In most of the cases, hernias may not show symptoms. However, you can recognize hernias by observing the following signs.
You may able to push back the hernia gently into your abdomen when you lie down to relieve some discomfort. Lying with your pelvis little higher than your head may also help. However, the best way is to consult a doctor immediately if you notice such symptoms.
There is no specific cause for this type of hernia. It is believed that weak spots within the abdominal and groin muscles are to be a major contributor to this condition. Sometimes extra pressure on this particular area of the body can eventually lead to a hernia mostly seen in conditions that lead to:
Some of the risk factors that can increase the chances of this condition include:
Early diagnosis and treatment can help cure inguinal hernias. If you neglect the treatment, it can become life-threatening and even lead to death. Consult our experts at Premier Hospital right away if you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above or if you feel you are prone to such a condition.
Since the inception of Premier Hospital in 1991 till today, we have grown to unprecedented levels, due to our excellence in medical sciences and healthcare. Premier Hospital is the creation of Dr Mahesh Marda and when it was first established, was only a small, 30-bed hospital facility. Back then, we provided only secondary care to patients, but that certainly has changed in the present landscape.