The diagnosis of an inguinal hernia is for the most part a clinical one, based on a thorough history and physical exam. When clinical ambiguity exists, ultrasound is the primary modality for identifying occult inguinal hernias. Upon diagnosis, the management depends on the reducibility of the hernia, with options ranging from watchful waiting to emergent surgical repair. Surgical repair is the definitive treatment option for inguinal hernias, and an operative approach depends on surgeon expertise as well as surgeon and patient preference.
KeywordsInguinal hernia Evaluation Surgical repair Operative approach
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