CPT Code: 49505
What is an Inguinal Hernia?
An inguinal hernia is a type of hernia where abdominal contents protrude through the inguinal canal, which is located in the groin. In males, during development, the inguinal canal allows the passage of the testes from the abdomen to the scrotum. After birth, the inguinal canal allows the passage of the spermatic cord from the abdomen to the testes. In women, the inguinal canal allows for the passage of the round ligament of the uterus.
It is one of the most common types of hernias and is more common in men. Inguinal hernias can be present at birth or develop with age.
SOME SIGNS/SYMPTOMS OF AN INGUINAL HERNIA:
Bulge at the groin
A bulge that increases with straining or forceful contraction (coughing)
Sometimes there are no symptoms
SOME RISK FOR DEVELOPING AN INGUINAL HERNIA:
Your symptoms should determine how quickly surgery should be performed. If the hernia is non-painful and easily reducible, then the surgery can be performed when it’s convenient for you. However, if the hernia is painful, not reducible, or associated with nausea/vomiting or changes in bowel function, then surgery should be performed on a more emergent basis as this can signify incarcerated or trapped intestine through the hernia.Some patients elect to have their asymptomatic inguinal hernia repaired to reduce their future risk for an incarcerated hernia.
The type of operation depends on the hernia size and if it is a repeat hernia. Your health, age, anesthesia risk, and the surgeon’s expertise are also important.
The procedure will be performed by one of our surgeons specializing in General Surgery, and typically lasts about 90 minutes. At the conclusion of the procedure, you will be transferred to the post anesthesia care unit, where you will be cared for by one of our highly experienced registered nurses.
An inguinal hernia that is not symptomatic does not need an urgent operation. Some patients elect not to undergo surgery until they develop symptoms.
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WHAT IS INCLUDED
Postop Visit(s)* (if applicable)
Diagnostics* (if applicable)
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
*Our goal is to include as much of care in our price. Though, there are certain things that are not included. Please see our pricing details page. Don’t hesitate to reach if you have any questions on what is and is not included!
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