An Overview of an Inguinal Hernia
There are approximately one million hernia operations performed annually in the U.S. With that many inguinal hernia repair operations being done every year, you would think that the surgery would have been perfected by now and that all the results would be excellent. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Especially in young athletes, the laparoscopic hernia repairs and the open mesh repairs are placing the patients at increased risk for long-term complications.
What is a Hernia?
A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall. This hole allows some of the intra-abdominal contents to pop out through the abdominal wall and create a bulge underneath the skin. The small intestines are the most common organ to slide out through the hole, but the large intestines, the omentum, and pelvic organs can also protrude. The hole can be a result of a congenital defect or the result of tearing of the muscles. The most common site of a hernia is the inguinal region.
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