An inguinal hernia refers to an outward protrusion of the peritoneum in the groin area. It can usually be identified by a significant swelling or bulge.
An inguinal hernia may cause a partial protrusion of intestines due to a rupture or hole in the abdominal wall. Both men and women can be affected by this. Although an inguinal hernia does not initially always cause pain, if left untreated it may cause long-lasting complications.
I usually treat inguinal hernias with minimally invasive procedures using the TAPP technique (involving mesh implantation). One advantage of this technique is not only that a lateral (side) view of the planned procedure is possible but that all abnormalities and disorders of the stomach can also be documented and, if necessary, treated. Subsequent bed rest of just 72 hours (3 days) is required after minimally invasive surgery (TAPP). The hospital stay is usually just 2 days (an overnight stay).