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Inguinal Hernia


An inguinal hernia (say "IN-gwuh-nul HER-nee-uh") happens when tissue pushes through a weak spot in your groin muscle. This causes a bulge in the groin or scrotum that may hurt or burn.

Surgery is the only way to fix it. But you may not need surgery if your hernia is small and painless.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerKenneth Bark, MD - Surgery, Colon and Rectal
Last RevisedNovember 15, 2012

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