Inguinal hernia is a very common disease, affecting millions of people in the US alone. Considered a surgical disease, inguinal hernia accounts for thousands of annual operations worldwide.
Although inguinal hernia can occur in both sexes, the disorder mainly affects men. inguinal hernia usually occurs in the context of a weak lower abdominal wall, allowing the internal soft tissues to pierce through it. Symptoms of inguinal hernia are pain and abdominal discomfort (which intensify with intense physical effort or sudden moves), abdominal bloating and nausea. Some people with hernias are asymptomatic, which makes the process much more difficult to diagnose the disease.
Although surgery for inguinal hernia is a simple procedure, most patients undergo postoperative recurrence of the disease. Therefore, in many cases, surgical treatment of the inguinal hernia only provides temporary relief, and most patients who suffer surgical hernia are later hospitalized due to complications.
Doctors have begun to doubt the efficiency of most surgical treatments for inguinal hernia and nowadays they recommend surgery for patients with complicated forms of the disease. Statistics show that patients who have their inguinal hernia surgically corrected can in time to experience a relapse of the disease and they are actually more likely to develop complications than patients who delay their surgery.In many cases, the factors leading to relapse of inguinal hernias in patients undergoing surgery are related to native predispositions. It seems that most patients experience postoperative recurrence of their inguinal hernia have a weak abdominal wall or other internal physiological abnormalities. The categories exposed to a higher risk of relapse are: people with native defects of the internal organs (gastrointestinal problems), people with physiological abnormalities of the abdominal wall and people whose careers involve intense physical activities. Patients in these categories are advised to delay their inguinal hernia surgery as long as possible to avoid a recurrence or worsening of the disease.