(Primary) inguinal hernia represents the most frequent pathologic condition in all operating rooms worldwide. It is a disease that mainly concerns men but also many women are affected. The term hernia derives from a greek word (hernios) meaning sprout. In fact, hernias are nothing less than the protrusion of an organ, organic part, or any body structure through the wall that normally contains it
There are different types of abdominal hernias and that is to say:
- inguinal and crural hernias that can be located in the inguinal area;
- umbilical and epigastric hernias that can usually be found between the unbilicum and the distal part of the sternum (xiphoid process);
- other rare types of hernias in different parts of the abdomen.
The most frequent ones are inguinal. The most manifest clinical evidence is the appearing of a swelling in the interested region, the size of which can vary from a small cherry to a large pineapple or watermelon.
However, several times, hernia might not clearly show externally and can eventually be revealed by the appearing of symptoms such as pain, heartburn and heaviness mainly while standing up or sitting down when driving.
The above mentioned cases can be diagnosed only by a medical visit . No pharmacological therapy is useful. All non surgical therapies are to be avoided. ( Compressions, and sclerosing injections.) Surgery is the only permanent solution for hernia.
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