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Inguinal hernia repair will prevent the serious complications that a hernia can cause and allow your child to return to normal activities. Book online today
An inguinal hernia is where the contents of the abdomen push down towards the scrotum in boys, or labia (folds of skin at the entrance of the vagina) in girls.
Your child should no longer have the hernia. Surgery should prevent your child from having any of the serious complications that a hernia can cause and allow them to return to normal activities.
In boys, the sac is stuck on to the blood vessels that supply the testicle. It is also stuck on to the vas, the tube that will carry sperm away from the testicle. In girls, the hernia can contain an ovary or part of the fallopian tube.
Your surgeon will put back the contents of the sac into the abdominal cavity and peel the sac away before tying it off.
Like all surgical procedures, there are some levels of risks to consider. Some of these can be serious and can even cause death. However, you can speak to your doctor about the following general and specific complications that may worry you.
They should be able to go home the same day or the day after. Your doctor will tell you when your child can return to school. This is usually after 5 to 7 days. Most children make a full recovery and can return to normal activities.
An inguinal hernia is a common condition. It is caused by the contents of the abdomen pushing down towards the scrotum or labia. If left untreated, an inguinal hernia can cause serious complications. To find out more, call us on 0808 101 0337.
Authors: Mr Shailinder Singh DM FRCS (Paed. Surg.), Mr Jonathan Sutcliffe FRCS
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