5 Types Of Hernias That Develop in Men

Mar 15, 2024

When it comes to men’s health, one of the most common conditions of concern is hernia development. They present in the form of noticeable bulges in the abdomen or groin area. This protrusion is common when the internal tissues, organs or fats find a weak muscular spot (surrounding your abdomen) to push through. Some types of hernias in men do not cause immediate discomfort; however, early diagnosis is crucial for selecting the right treatment approach.

How Many Types Of Hernias Can Grow in Men?

Here are 5 kinds of hernias that can be found in men.

1. Inguinal Hernias

This is perhaps the most common among all types of hernias seen in men. A part of the intestine pushes itself out through a weak area, usually in the inguinal canal, located in the groin. Inguinal hernias may be direct (pushing through the abdomen wall) or indirect (through the inguinal canal). Some of the changes you may be able to spot include:

  • A visible bulge in the groin
  • Pain
  • Feeling of heaviness in the groin area

2. Incisional Hernias

They are commonly seen at the site of a previously done surgical incision in the abdomen. This type of hernia is most found in men. It may take months or even years to develop or at times appears right after the initial procedure.

3. Umbilical Hernias

Although umbilical hernias are mostly seen in infants, this one, among other types of hernias, can also affect adult men. They show up when abdominal tissue goes out through the abdominal wall near the navel.

4. Femoral Hernias

It is majorly seen in women, yet femoral hernias hit men, too. They look like a bulge near the groin crease. Their location is often the leading cause of them being mistaken for inguinal hernias. They protrude into the femoral canal below the inguinal ligament.

5. Hiatal Hernias

It involves a part of your stomach to push up through the diaphragm into the chest cavity. Hiatal hernias significantly contribute to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms like heartburn and regurgitation.

Treatment Options For Hernia In Men

The good news is that all types of hernias in men are effectively treatable through medical interventions that help repair the weakened abdominal wall. Some of the treatment options include:

When it comes to small, non-bothersome hernias, watchful waiting is the way to go. Doctors monitor the hernia bulge and only intervene if it grows or becomes painful. If there is slight discomfort, wearing a supportive truss can help manage it.

However, surgical intervention is quite a common approach for enlarged or painful hernias. There are two main types of surgical treatment for hernias in men:

  • Open repair: This is a traditional method that involves making a single incision in the groin for the surgeon to push the protrusion back into place. They then reinforce the weakened area with the help of stitches so that the bulge does not come out from there again.
  • Minimally invasive repair: This constitutes a laparoscopic or robot-assisted technique. Unlike open repair, it makes multiple small incisions with a camera to guide the surgeon as they repair the hernia with mesh. This often results in quicker recovery and lower infection risk.

Closing Note

All types of hernias in men are repairable. While surgery is a good option, there is still a chance of recurrence. Contact a professional as they can assess your case better. They may go for watchful waiting or a supportive truss if need be. Early detection is key for treating all types of hernias in men. If you want to learn ways we can be of help, get in touch with experts at Nova Bariatrics by dialing (469) 639-0953 Irving, TX 75063, or (682) 284-1786 Arlington, TX 76015.

Dr. Mustafa H. Alibhai

Dr. Alibhai, a board-certified general surgeon, passionately leads Nova Bariatrics and General Surgery. Formerly an Assistant Professor at McGovern Medical School, he’s a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. His academic journey includes a Bachelor’s from Southern Methodist University, Medical School at UT Southwestern, and residencies at UT Southwestern. Specializing further, he completed Bariatric and Robotic Fellowships, advancing surgical techniques with a focus on patient well-being.

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