The upper thigh or groin region can be common locations for hernias. There are a few main types of hernias that occur in the groin region. Direct and indirect inguinal hernias and femoral hernias are the most common. Groin hernias may be associated with a visible lump, pain, or general discomfort. It’s important to contact a hernia expert if you believe that you may show signs of having a groin hernia. The team at Hernia Surgery Los Angeles possesses the most advanced training and expertise to diagnose and treat every type of groin hernia.

Groin Hernia Types

Inguinal Hernia

The inguinal hernia is the most common type of hernia in both men and women. Statistically, men are much more likely to develop an inguinal hernia than women, however. Inguinal hernias occur in the inguinal region where the upper thigh meets the lower abdomen, when part of an organ (most commonly, part of the intestine) protrudes through the inguinal canal. Groin HerniaDuring normal human development, a natural weak spot is formed in the region, making the inguinal area more prone to developing a hernia.

There are two types of inguinal hernia, direct and indirect. Both types of inguinal hernia have similar symptoms, but are important for a hernia care expert to distinguish. These symptoms include a bulging in the groin region, pain, or general discomfort.

Femoral Hernia

This type of hernia is also known as a femorocele. A femoral hernia occurs when part of the intestine pushes into the area of the groin that houses the femoral artery, called the femoral canal. Although the exact cause for development isn’t always known, pregnant women have shown a greater likelihood of developing a femoral hernia. Women are approximately three times more likely to suffer from a femoral hernia than men.

The femoral hernia may appear as a bulge in the upper thigh, and other symptoms may include pain or discomfort, especially when standing or straining in any way.  Sometimes a small femoral hernia may even show no symptoms at all. With only 4 percent of all hernia cases being femoral hernias, this type of hernia is not extremely common.

Groin Hernias FAQ

If you suspect you could be suffering from a groin hernia, it’s important to contact an expert physician as soon as possible to receive a proper diagnosis. Listed below are some frequently asked questions about groin hernias. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

Q: What are some of the warning signs for a groin hernia?

A: Common warning signs may include pain, discomfort, and a visible lump or bulge.  In men, inguinal hernias may advance into the scrotum, resulting in a very noticeable lump with associated pain and discomfort. With groin hernias, sometimes standing in certain positions, heavy lifting, or straining may make symptoms more obvious. It’s important to consult a hernia expert like those at Los Angeles Hernia Surgery Center of Excellence when you first suspect you may be suffering from a hernia.

Q: Will I need surgery for a groin hernia?

A:  It is often the case that groin hernias require surgery to repair. Even if the symptoms are manageable, groin hernias can require surgery before they grow larger or cause further problems. This is why it’s important to seek expert medical attention at the first possible sign of a groin hernia.

Q: How dangerous are groin hernias?

A: Groin hernias aren’t always dangerous on their own. However, groin hernias can cause further health complications that can be very severe. A hernia may cause a further condition like strangulation. Strangulation occurs when a hernia traps part of an organ like the intestine and cuts off the blood supply. This can be very dangerous and pose severe health hazards. In order to avoid possible health risks caused by a hernia, surgery performed by a hernia expert is required.

Q:  What is it like to have hernia surgery performed?

A:  Using the latest advancements in medical technology, the Los Angeles Hernia Surgery Center of Excellence can treat a hernia with minimal disruption to your daily life. New technologies like laparoscopic hernia repair employ the use of tiny cameras and micro-instruments to repair your groin hernia in the most minimally invasive way possible. At Hernia Surgery Los Angeles, operations that used to have a recovery time of weeks have been reduced to a days with significantly less pain and discomfort.

Contact Hernia Surgery Los Angeles Today

If you’d like to schedule a consultation with a hernia expert in Los Angeles, please contact our center today by filling out our online contact form or by calling (888) 418-2082. During your initial consultation with one of our expert hernia care physicians, we’ll be able to conduct a proper examination in order to determine the best course of action for treating your individual case.

For additional information, contact Hernia Surgery Los Angeles today.

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