I have an inguinal hernia, should I get an operation?



 

I have an inguinal hernia on the left side of my groin, it is small, has appeared 2 weeks ago. It does not cause any pain at all nor does it disturb me. When lying down I don’t feel it at all. But when I stand I do see it. When I push on it I feel it. Should I get surgery done?

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Age: 61
Medications: BP pills and Thyroid pills



 

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Dr. Javez Ernesto
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Dr. Javez Ernesto

The danger with inguinal hernias is if it results in incarceration and strangulation – if it blocks your intestines. If it remains really small this should not happen. So if the pain is not causing you any discomfort or problems you can decide to take a wait and see approach and opt for surgery at a later date. However it won’t go away by itself and will probably get worse over time. Getting surgery now would remove the problem. But like with any surgery there can be complications and you will have to reduce your activities for a few weeks.… Read more »

Broadgate General Practice - Private GP London
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Broadgate General Practice - Private GP London

You may want to have a say in this decision, or you may simply want to follow your doctor’s recommendation. Either way, this information will help you understand what your choices are so that you can talk to your doctor about them. Your options Have surgery now to repair the inguinal hernia, even if you do not have symptoms. Take a “wait and see” approach to surgery because the hernia does not bother you much. This decision aid is not for parents of infants and children who have inguinal hernias. Infants and children always need surgery to repair a hernia… Read more »