How to Identify and Treat the Scrotal Hernia
The scrotal hernia is a consequence of the development of the inguinal hernia, which is a lump that appears in the groin. In the case of scrotal hernia, the protrusion in the groin increases, and moves up to the scrotum which is the pouch that surrounds and protects the testicles, causing its swelling.
This type of hernia can be considered to be limiting to men, as the scrotum is quite swollen, causing discomfort and pain. Usually the only treatment option is surgery, but can also be used medicines to relieve pain and discomfort as pain relievers and anti-inflammatory.
The main symptoms
The symptoms of a scrotal hernia are similar to that of inguinal hernia:
- Bulge in the region of the groin and on the scrotum;
- Pain or discomfort when getting up, load weight or bend;
- Sensation of weight;
- Sexual dysfunction.
In the baby, the scrotal hernia can be perceived in time to change the diaper of the baby, which can verify swelling of the site, or when the baby cries, which can allow the visualization of the projection.
If the scrotal hernia is not treated, it may lead to strangulation of the bowel in which there is blood flow to the intestine, causing tissue death and symptoms such as vomiting, abdominal distension and absence of stool. In addition, a scrotal hernia can lead to infertility, because the storage of the sperm may be compromised.
How is the diagnosis made
The diagnosis is made from physical examination conducted by the physician, in which there is analysis of the scrotum and groin, in addition to the evaluation of the symptoms that the man feels. For confirmation of the diagnosis, the doctor may request the performance of any imaging test, such as ultrasonography, for example.
Treatment of scrotal hernia
The treatment of scrotal hernia is usually surgical and should be done as soon as it is confirmed the diagnosis to prevent complications, such as infertility and strangulation of the bowel. The surgery lasts approximately 2 hours and is done under local or general anesthesia. In some cases the doctor may still take a kind of network to prevent the hernia to come back.
In addition, you can be recommended by the medical the use of anti-inflammatory medications or pain relievers, such as ibuprofen and paracetamol, before and after surgery for pain relief, in addition to the antibiotic after the surgical procedure to avoid the occurrence of infections.
After surgery it is important that a man avoid picking up a lot of weight, sleep with the belly up, increase the consumption of fiber, do not drive and does not remain sitting for a long time. These post-surgical care are important to prevent the hernia to come back.