Inguinal Hernia (cont.)
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What Increases Your Risk
Many things can increase your risk for having an inguinal hernia.
Risk factors you can change
Risk factors you cannot change
Risk factors for inguinal hernia in children
In children, risk factors for inguinal hernia include:
When To Call a Doctor
Call a doctor immediately if:
Call a doctor if:
Talk with your doctor before wearing a corset or truss for a hernia. These devices are not recommended for treating hernias and sometimes can do more harm than good.
Watchful waiting is a period of time during which you and your doctor observe your symptoms or condition but you do not receive medical treatment. If you are not sure whether you have groin muscle strain or a hernia, watchful waiting with home treatment for 1 to 2 weeks is appropriate. If you have pain that is increasing or severe, an obvious lump, or evidence of bowel blockage or urinary symptoms, call your doctor for an evaluation.
Watchful waiting is not appropriate for infants and children who have inguinal hernias.
You and your doctor can decide whether you should have surgery to fix your hernia or if you can wait. If your hernia does not bother you, you can probably wait to have surgery.
Who to see
The following health professionals can diagnose an inguinal hernia:
A general surgeon or pediatric surgeon with experience in inguinal hernia repair will be needed to perform hernia repair surgery.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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