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What is an Inguinal Hernia?

An inguinal hernia is a bulge in the groin or scrotum that can be easily noticed. It forms when a part of the intestine pushes through a weakened area in the abdominal wall. Males are more susceptible to inguinal hernia than females. The bulge can cause pain while coughing, sneezing, or bending to lift any heavyweight. However, in some cases, an inguinal hernia may not cause any pain until the condition becomes severe.


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Doctors conduct physical examinations for the diagnosis of inguinal hernia. The doctor looks for signs of a bulge in the groin region. Also, since straining or standing makes the symptoms of hernia even more prominent, the doctor may ask you to do the same to confirm an inguinal hernia.

However, if the hernia symptoms are not very prominent, imaging tests like CT scans, ultrasounds, or MRIs may be conducted to look for the hernia.


Hernias are usually treated through a surgical procedure called hernioplasty. There are two major types of hernia repair surgeries- Open hernia repair and laparoscopic hernia repair.

In open surgery for hernia correction, the surgeon makes a large incision in the groin region. Through this incision, the surgeon pushes the protruding tissue back into place and sews the incision. The procedure can be quite invasive in nature and it may take weeks for the patient to recover completely.

Laparoscopic hernia surgery is an advanced and minimally invasive procedure for hernia repair. The surgeon carries out a few minor incisions in the abdominal region. CO2 gas is used to inflate the abdominal region so that the internal organs can be visualized properly. Through one of the incisions, the surgeon inserts a camera-fitted laparoscope.

Other surgical instruments are also inserted into the abdominal cavity and the hernia is pushed back into place. The surgeon then places a surgical mesh to hold the weakened muscles and sews the incisions using sutures. The patient can recover and return to normal routine activities in about a week after surgery.

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Pristyn Care is COVID-19 safe

Your safety is taken care of by thermal screening, social distancing, sanitized clinics and hospital rooms, sterilized surgical equipment and mandatory PPE kits during surgery.

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Assisted Surgery Experience

A dedicated Medical Coordinator assists you throughout the surgery journey from insurance paperwork, to free commute from home to hospital & back and admission-discharge process at the hospital.

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Medical Expertise With Technology

Our surgeons spend a lot of time with you to diagnose your condition. You are assisted in all pre-surgery medical diagnostics. We offer advanced laser and laparoscopic surgical treatment. Our procedures are USFDA approved.

Post Surgery Care

Post Surgery Care

We offer free follow-up consultations and instructions including dietary tips as well as exercises to every patient to ensure they have a smooth recovery to their daily routines.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do to prevent my inguinal hernia from getting worse?

  • Try the following things to prevent worsening of inguinal hernia:
  • Refrain from lifting heavy objects that puts excess strain on the groin
  • If you are overweight, lose the extra kilos gradually
  • If at all you have to lift any object, do not bend over. Instead of the back, use the strength of legs for lifting.
  • Stay hydrated and eat fiber-rich foods
  • Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking
  • Walk every day for 15-30 minutes
  • Use ice pack to reduce redness and inflammation

Along with these preventive measures, make sure

that you regularly visit the doctor and keep them updated. Doing so will keep you safe from any unexpected complications related to hernia.

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Why is inguinal hernia surgery necessary?

Inguinal hernia surgery is necessary to prevent the following complications:

The hernia can grow over time and exert pressure on the surrounding tissues. This can cause severe pain and swelling. In men, the hernia can even enter the scrotum and lead to intense discomfort.

The hernia tissue can get trapped and turn incarcerated. This can cause nausea, pain, vomiting, and problems in bowel functioning.

If the hernia tissue is trapped for long enough, the blood supply to the trapped part can get restricted. This can have serious and even life-threatening implications.

Therefore, it is advised to tend to hernia symptoms as soon as possible. Timely medical attention and surgical treatment can save you from any serious complications.

Why should you prefer laparoscopic inguinal hernia surgery?

The laparoscopic technique for hernia repair is an advanced approach that offers a number of benefits over conventional open surgery.

Benefits of laparoscopic inguinal hernia surgery include:

  • Minimally invasive surgery- No major incisions or stitches involved
  • No long term scars left behind from the surgery
  • Only minimal bleeding involved during the surgery
  • Painless treatment- with the use of anesthesia
  • Quick procedure- takes only 30-45 minutes to complete
  • Short stay at the hospital (usually for 1-2 days)
  • Almost nil chances of complications or infections post-surgery
  • Smooth significant recovery within a week. Complete recovery may take 2-3 weeks

What are the risks of laparoscopic inguinal repair hernia surgery?

Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair surgery is highly safe and the chances of complications are negligible. However, if the surgery is performed by an inexperienced professional or if you have any other medical conditions, the following complications may arise:

  • Postoperative bleeding and infections in the wound
  • Injuries to the neighboring organs
  • Problems in urinating
  • Bladder injury
  • Testicular swelling and pain
  • Recurrence of the hernia

These risks associated with laparoscopic hernia surgery can be avoided by choosing a skilled and experienced surgeon.

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