What is a groin hernia?
Groin hernias (also known as inguinal hernias) occur when tissue protrudes through a weak part of the abdominal muscles. This causes a bulge which can be painful especially when you lift heavy objects, bend or cough.
What are the symptoms of a groin hernia?
There are several signs and symptoms associated with groin hernia. These include:
- An obvious bulge on the side of your pubic bone that gets worse when you stand, cough or strain
- A burning or aching sensation in the groin or scrotum
- Pain or discomfort around the hernia which gets worse if you cough, bend over or lift a heavy object.
What causes a groin hernia?
While some hernias appear for no apparent reason, others are known to occur as a result of:
- A weak spot in the abdominal wall
- Hereditary factors
- Premature birth
- Straining during bowel movements
- Strenuous lifting or physical activities
- Chronic coughing or sneezing.
Many people have an abdominal wall weakness from birth. Others can deteriorate with aging, chronic constipation and/or strenuous activity.
Should I consider surgery for a groin hernia?
While a groin hernia isn’t dangerous it can lead to serious and life-threatening complications. For this reason, your doctor will probably recommend that you have surgery to repair your groin hernia. Groin hernia repair is a common surgical procedure.
What happens in groin hernia surgery?
Surgery is the main treatment for groin hernias. Groin hernia surgery is very common and it has good outcomes for most patients. Surgery for groin hernias is usually done either via laparoscopic surgery (also known as keyhole surgery) or through open surgery. Your surgeon will talk to you about which option is best for your situation.
In both procedures, the goal of surgery is to return the protruding tissue back into the abdominal wall and reinforce the weakened area either with mesh or without mesh. Dr Ozmen uses a self-gripping mesh and advanced hernia repair technique which does not require stitching, gluing, or tacking with staples. This has resulted in better patient comfort after surgery without an increase in recurrence rates.
What is the cost of groin hernia surgery?
Groin hernia surgery is performed in both public and private hospitals. If you choose to have your procedure in a private hospital, a portion of the cost may be covered by your private health insurance. It’s a good idea to discuss this with your insurance provider.
Please contact the Sydney GI Surgery team to discuss your needs and for an accurate assessment of the cost involved.
What are the risks of groin hernia surgery?
Groin hernia surgery is normally very safe. As with all surgeries, having your hernia removed does have a number of possible complications. They include:
- Adverse reaction to the anaesthetic
- Bleeding and blood clots
- Infection of the wound
- Nerve injury and chronic pain
Recovery from groin hernia surgery
After your surgery you will be moved into a recovery room where your vital signs will be monitored. After you have woken from your anaesthesia you will be transported to a regular hospital room.
Most people who have laparoscopic hernia repair surgery can go home the same day or following an overnight stay. Recovery time is usually one week for one groin and 10 – 14 days for both groins. It is important to not lift or push anything more than 5kg or engage in strenuous exercise for at least six weeks after surgery. The reason for this is to avoid straining the groin, reduce the chance of an early recurrence, and give your hernia repair the best chance of success in the short and long term.