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What Types of Doctors Treat Hernias?
Your primary-care doctor will be able to diagnose and initially treat many hernias. Definitive treatment will usually require surgery. Depending on the location of the hernia, the procedure will usually be performed by a general surgeon.
How Do Health-Care Professionals Diagnose Hernias?
If you have an obvious hernia, the doctor may not require any other tests (if you are healthy otherwise). If you have symptoms of a hernia (dull ache in groin or other body area with lifting or straining but without an obvious lump), the doctor may feel the area while increasing abdominal pressure (having you stand or cough). This action may make the hernia able to be felt. If you have an inguinal hernia, the doctor will feel for the potential pathway and look for a hernia by inverting the skin of the scrotum with his or her finger.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/26/2016
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