Inguinal hernia repair is a type of surgery. It fixes a problem called an inguinal hernia. This is a bulge under the skin in your child's groin. It happens when there is a weak spot in your child's groin muscle and a piece of the intestines or tissue pokes through the muscle. This can be painful. Your child may have pain when he or she is active. Or your child may feel pain if he or she strains with a bowel movement or lifts something heavy.
Surgery can relieve your child's pain. It can also prevent serious problems that can happen if an organ or tissue gets stuck in the hernia.
There are two ways to do this surgery. In open surgery, the doctor makes one cut near the hernia. This cut is called an incision. In laparoscopic surgery, the doctor makes several very small incisions and uses a thin, lighted scope and small tools.
If your child's hernia is bulging, the doctor pushes the bulge back in place. If the hernia goes down the inguinal canal, the hernia sac is either pushed back or tied off and removed. Then the doctor sews the healthy tissue back together.
Laparoscopic surgery leaves several small scars. Open surgery leaves one long scar. The scars fade with time.
After the surgery, your child will probably need to take off 1 to 2 weeks from normal activity.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Surgery can be stressful both for your child and for you. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your child's surgery.
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Current as of: August 9, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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