Groin hernias, otherwise known as ‘inguinal’ or ‘femoral’ hernias, are the most common hernia type. They are protrusions of contents of the abdominal cavity, through a weakness in its wall.
Groin hernias are particularly common in men, formed as a consequence of weakness in the layers of the abdominal wall in the groin region, as a result of the testes migrating through this area around the time of birth.
Hernias can cause pain and discomfort. If they become strangulated, bits of bowel can become trapped and even perforated if urgent surgery is not performed to fix the hernia.
Normally simple history and examination is all that’s required to diagnose groin hernias. Some patients may require an Ultrasound or CT scan if no hernia is found on examination of the area.