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On this page: What is inguinal hernia? An inguinal hernia is a condition in which intra-abdominal fat or part of the small intestine, also called the small bowel, bulges through a weak area in the lower abdominal muscles.
The inguinal canal is a passage in the anterior (toward the front of the body) abdominal wall which in men conveys the spermatic cord and in women the round ligament . The inguinal canal is larger and more prominent in men. Each person has two, on the left and right sides of the abdomen. [ edit ] Site The inguinal canal is situated just above the medial half of the inguinal ligament .
Is this topic for you? If you do not have an inguinal hernia, see information on common types of hernias . These include incisional, epigastric, and umbilical hernias in children and adults. What is an inguinal hernia ? An inguinal hernia (say "IN-gwuh-nul HER-nee-uh") occurs when tissue pushes through a weak spot in your groin muscle. This causes a bulge in the groin or scrotum.
Approximately 600,000 hernia repair operations are performed annually in the United States. Many are performed by the conventional “open” method.
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