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Inguinal Hernia

Alternate Names : Hernia

Inguinal Hernia | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

The main treatment is hernia repair surgery. The goal is to support the weak tissues and prevent the intestines from bulging out of the abdomen.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Like all surgery, a hernia repair carries a risk of bleeding, infection, and allergic reaction to the anesthesia. For most hernias, surgery can be done in the morning and the person can go home later that day.

What happens after treatment for the condition?

The person usually needs only a few days to recover. After recovery, he or she generally can go back to normal activities.

How is the condition monitored?

After a full recovery from surgery, no further monitoring is normally needed. If a person does not want to have surgery, repeat physical exams can be done to see if the hernia is enlarging. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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Author: Adam Brochert, MD
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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