Inguinal hernias are also referred to as groin hernias. They occur quite commonly in women and men, although they are seen much more frequently in men. To fix an inguinal hernia, you may need surgery, since they don't heal by themselves. Here at The Surgeons Collective in Perth we offer both open and laparoscopic surgery, to suit your personal needs.
Understanding inguinal hernias
An inguinal hernia can occur on both sides of the lower abdomen. The area is called the inguinal canal, where a male’s testicles descend before birth. In women, a round ligament exists at that level. This anatomy leaves a naturally weaker point called the internal inguinal ring. That point can develop into a hernia if it doesn't seal properly or is exposed to high pressure (cough, heavy lifting,...) As a result, the intestine may bulge through the opening causing pain linked to what is called an “indirect inguinal hernia”. Hernias may also develop in a second more medial point, and in this case we call it a direct inguinal hernia.
The Surgeons Collective in Perth is a multidisciplinary practice of world-class excellence. We also strive for excellence when we personalise your care plan: offering genuine kindness, support and empathy, and making sure you fully understand your condition and the proposed treatment or surgery plan.
What are the symptoms of an inguinal hernia?
- You may notice a bulge under your skin.
- You may feel pain or discomfort as you lift a heavy object, or when you cough, when you strain during urination or bowel movements, or during prolonged standing or sitting.
- The pain can be sharp and may get worse towards the end of the day.
- A long standing indirect hernia can become very large and reach the area of the scrotum.
- Severe, continuous pain, redness, and tenderness are signs that the hernia is entrapped or strangulated. The hernia repair then becomes an emergency.
Your surgeon at The Surgeons Collective will plan the recommended routine tests, to get as much information as possible when making a diagnosis. You can count on our many years of experience treating inguinal hernias and other conditions that require general surgery, to ensure you achieve the very best results.
Treatment of an inguinal hernia
If you are diagnosed with an inguinal hernia, the only way to treat it is to have surgery. Hospitalisation typically involves an overnight stay. Most people who have had hernia repair surgery are able to return to their normal activities within a few days or weeks, depending on what kind of work they do.
Both open and laparoscopic surgery are options with excellent outcomes for our patients. Depending on your diagnosis and your conversation with your surgeon, the options for inguinal hernia repair surgery are:
- Open inguinal hernia repair using a mesh
- Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair using mesh
Why The Surgeons Collective in Perth?
As you consider the options for your hernia surgery, it’s important to go to a specialist surgical practice to get the best treatment. Why come to us? Without exception, we’re here for you. Some of our strengths are:
- Our experienced Perth surgeons have been performing hernia surgery for many years and use the latest laparoscopic and minimally invasive technology to deliver excellent surgical outcomes.
- We ensure all our patients receive a personalised and caring experience before, during and after their surgery. Patient comfort, kindness and trust are at the forefront of everything we do.
- One of our key priorities is providing patients with reduced wait times to see our doctors. We go out of our way to ensure that our patients’ surgical care plan is organised in the timeliest manner, specific and convenient to our patients’ needs.
Please feel free to call The Surgeons Collective on (08) 6163 2800 with your enquiry, we are always happy to hear from you.