The inguinal hernia – also known as the groin hernia – is one of the most common types that is more commonly found in men. There are two types of inguinal hernias; direct and indirect. Though both of these occur in the groin region, it helps to know the difference between the two and how each of them can come about.
Indirect Inguinal Hernia
This will develop and drop from the abdomen and into the scrotum. This area will usually close up before birth. If it is not able to than the area will become weak over time and allow the contents inside of the abdomen to fall through it later in life. This hernia might occur at any age.
Direct Inguinal Hernia
This will occur along the inside of the pathway of the indirect hernia. Most men will feel it along the area where the skin of the thigh connects with the torso. This is a thinner area to begin with and it will rarely push itself into the scrotum. This will usually occur in middle age or elderly men. This is because the abdominal wall will weaken with age.
Identifying The Problem
It helps to know how to identify this problem in yourself or in others. You should see your doctor if you notice a bulge on either side of your pubic bone and in the scrotum. It might be tender to the touch or painful, depending on how large it is. Stand up to look for the bulge so that it is more noticeable.
If you can push the bulge back inside the abdomen when lying down than you know what you are dealing with. If it is unable to be pushed back in than see the doctor immediately. This could mean that it has become strangulated and you will require immediate surgery.