Inguinal Hernia

 An Inguinal Hernia is a common condition in which there is a profusion of the abdominal-cavity contents through the inguinal canal.  In other words, intestines or fat from the abdomen bulge through the lower abdominal wall into the inguinal or groin area. Some of the symptoms are present in about 66% of affected people this includes pain or discomfort from coughing, exercise, or bowel movements. Sitting or standing all day can make this condition worse, but if you can lie down all day, you can get rid of it. The main concern is strangulation, where the blood supply is restricted to part of the intestine which is blocked. This results in severe pain and tenderness

Risk Factors

Some of the risk factors in developing a hernia are smoking, COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), obesity, pregnancy, weakened, or deteriorated muscles due to aging, strenuous physical activity, or coughing. Hernias can often be diagnosed based on symptoms and signs. There are predispositions such as deleterious mutations (a genetic alteration that increases an individual's susceptibility to certain diseases or disorders) that have strong dominant inheritances, especially for men. Some people believe that heavy lifting is also a cause however slight it may be.

Since symptoms and causes are strong indicators of a groin hernia in females they are not usually as severe in men and not recommended for surgery. The opposite holds true for women. It is generally recommended in females due to higher femoral hernias that have more complications. If strangulation occurs, immediate surgery is required. Laparoscopic or open surgery is suggested.

In 2015 inguinal, femoral, and abdominal hernias affected about 18.5 million people. About 27% of males and 3% of females develop a groin hernia at some time in their life. Groin hernias usually occur before 1 year or after 50 years.

Signs and Symptoms

You could have a direct inguinal hernia if you:

  • Feeling pain when coughing, bending, straining, or lifting something heavy
  • Feeling pressure, weakness, heaviness, or a dragging sensation in your groin
  • Have swelling around your testicles
  • Feeling of burning or pain in the hernia bulge

You may be able to gently push the bump back up into your abdomen to relieve some of the discomforts.  If you can't place the bulge back into the abdomen that would mean the hernia is incarcerated and surgery is needed.  There are two types of inguinal hernia, direct and indirect. The direct inguinal hernia enters through a weak point in the fascia of the posterior wall of the inguinal canal. The indirect inguinal hernias occur when abdominal contents protrude through the deep inguinal ring. This may be caused by the failure of the embryonic closure of the processes vaginalis. It is much greater for males to have hernias through the inguinal canal because they have a larger opening and therefore a much weaker wall through which the intestines may protrude. Males are 10 times more likely to get a direct inguinal hernia. 

An inguinal hernia can be a serious health problem, so don't ignore symptoms like a pain in your groin when you cough or lift something heavy. A physical exam is usually all it takes to diagnose the problem. If the hernia is large enough, you'll need surgery to fix it.

AT Surgical Hernia Truss Support Belt

A hernia truss is a supportive undergarment for men designed to contain a reducible inguinal hernia within the abdomen. It's not considered to provide a cure but more to relieve the discomfort and pain. Although there is no proof that such devices can prevent an inguinal hernia from progressing, they have been described by users as providing comfort and greater confidence when carrying out physically demanding tasks and sporting activities. Trusses are recommended before surgery to alleviate pain and discomfort. It's important that you are careful while using the truss for pain relief. By using a truss it does increase the probabilities of complications. Once you start to wear the truss it means you are becoming more active and this is when complications such as strangulation of the hernia, atrophy of the spermatic cordoned the fascial margins. The truss has been more popular due to individuals with small hernias are now delaying hernia surgeries due to the risk of post- herniorrhaphy pain syndrome. After surgery, they are also suggested to use while the healing process continues.

 AT Surgical's Hernia Trusses are available in White and Black. The white trusses have been made since 1975. The soft foam that holds a more firm closed-cell foam to hold in the protrusion is made from poured foam and perforated to let air circulate. The 3-inch elastic attached to the pored foam keeps the truss around your waist. To keep the truss in a firm place consistently we have cottontails that wrap around the legs for a snug comfortable fit. The closed-cell shaped eggs fit in the pockets that face the body.

The Black truss is made from a newer material called spacer fabric. Two pieces of spacer fabric are attached by foam called flame lamination. The design is similar to the white truss. The newer fabric is very light and has more padding for comfort. All AT Surgical trusses come in 6 sizes. We can even custom-make smaller and larger trusses to accommodate a greater group of individuals. All trusses we make are over the brief, style devices. In most cases, no one would ever know you are wearing a truss. They are easy to put on and we make them in the U.S.A.