When You Visit Your Doctor - Inguinal Hernia

Inguinal Hernia

Questions to Discuss with Your Doctor:

  • Do you have pain in the lower abdomen or groin area?
  • Have you noticed a bulge in your lower abdomen or groin area?
  • Does lifting heavy objects, coughing, sneezing, or straining increase the size of the bulge?
  • Can you push the bulge back in?
  • Do you suffer from constipation?
  • Have you had bloody stools?

Your Doctor Might Examine the Following Body Structures or Functions:

  • Careful abdominal exam
  • Groin exam (including testicular and scrotal exam in men)

Your Doctor Might Order the Following Lab Tests or Studies:

  • Stool sample
  • Abdominal/Pelvic ultrasound
  • Abdominal/Pelvic CT scan

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