Approximately 5 million people in the United States have an inguinal hernia. Seven hundred fifty thousand inguinal hernia repairs are performed annually in this country; 75,000 of these repairs are done for recurrent hernias. The history is usually that of a groin bulge or pain occurring during straining or exercise. Approximately 10% of men during their lifetime will be diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. Patients are typically referred to a surgeon by a primary care physician who has noted an asymptomatic hernia on physical examination. Alternatively, patients may seek care because of persistent pain or discomfort which limit physical activities. Inguinal hernias are more common in men than in women (20:1 ratio).
KeywordsInguinal Hernia Inguinal Hernia Repair Recurrent Hernia Mesh Repair Spermatic Cord
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