Inguinal Hernias

The occurrence of tissue, often intestine, protruding through a weakened area in the groin, leading to a noticeable bulge and discomfort, highlights the crucial need for prompt diagnosis and treatment.

Led by board-certified general surgeon John Bollins, DO, Advanced Surgical Associates of Northern Minnesota provides specialized hernia care at their offices in Hibbing, Duluth, Ely, and Cloquet Minnesota, with a focus on employing minimally invasive techniques for hernia surgery.

To explore inguinal hernia treatment options further, please reach out to your nearest office or schedule an appointment online.

Inguinal Hernias Information

What Are Inguinal Hernias?

Inguinal hernias occur when tissue, such as part of the intestine, protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles in the groin area. This can result in a noticeable bulge, discomfort, or pain. Inguinal hernias are more common in men than women and may require surgical intervention to prevent complications.

What causes inguinal hernias?

Several factors contribute to the development of inguinal hernias, including weakness in the abdominal muscles due to aging or strenuous physical activity, chronic coughing or straining during bowel movements, congenital factors, and heavy lifting or carrying objects improperly.

What are the signs and symptoms of inguinal hernias?

Common signs and symptoms of inguinal hernias include a bulge or lump in the groin area that may become more prominent when standing, coughing, or straining, discomfort or pain in the groin, a sensation of heaviness or pressure in the groin, and swelling or enlargement of the scrotum in men.

What treatment options are available for inguinal hernias?

Treatment options for inguinal hernias include watchful waiting for small hernias not causing significant symptoms, hernia repair surgery (either minimally invasive laparoscopic or robotic-assisted surgery or traditional open surgery), hernia mesh repair to provide additional support, and lifestyle changes such as avoiding heavy lifting, maintaining a healthy weight, and quitting smoking.

Where can patients receive treatment for inguinal hernias?

To arrange a consultation, patients can reach out to us via phone or our website to schedule an appointment with our team at Advanced Surgical Associates of Northern Minnesota. Our goal is to offer tailored care and professional advice to individuals experiencing symptoms of abdominal hernias or those with a diagnosis. Led by board-certified general surgeon John Bollins, DO, our team at Advanced Surgical Associates of Northern Minnesota is dedicated to guiding patients through their hernia treatment journey with personalized attention. Don't hesitate to take the initial step towards hernia relief by scheduling a consultation with us today.