The lower area of the abdomen in the groin area is a common place for hernias to occur. Inguinal, femoral and obturator hernias all occur in the groin, causing pain and other symptoms. Both men and women can suffer from groin hernias, but certain types do affect one gender more than the other. Danny Shouhed, M.D. is a board certified GI surgeon that offers groin hernia treatment with minimally-invasive surgery through our clinic in Los Angeles.
The most common type of groin hernia is the inguinal hernia, affecting both infants and adults. About 90% of inguinal hernias occur in males. Inguinal hernias occur when the lower intestine and peritoneum bulge through the lower abdominal wall in the groin. The bulge occurs when straining, often causing groin pain.
Most femoral hernias occur in females, but only represent 3% of groin hernias. This type of hernia presents with a bulge at the top of the thigh where it meets the groin. Femoral hernias occur from strain, and risk factors include excess weight and straining from constipation, lifting or coughing.
Obturator hernias are rare and occur in the pelvic floor. Tissue or organs in the pelvis can protrude through the obturator canal in the pelvic bone. Due to physical differences in pelvic anatomy, obturator hernias usually occur in women.
Groin hernias have a higher risk of strangulation or other complications that can increase health risks for the patients. Surgical repair is usually recommended to repair the abdominal wall weakness and secure the abdominal tissue or intestine inside the abdominal cavity.
Danny Shouhed, M.D. is a respected gastrointestinal surgeon who specializes in performing minimally-invasive and robotic surgeries. If you have been diagnosed with a groin hernia, treatment is available through Dr. Shouhed at our clinic in Los Angeles. Contact our office to schedule your appointment to discuss treatment options.