If you are experiencing a medical emergency please dial 911 immediately
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.
Last Revised: November 15, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kenneth Bark, MD - Surgery, Colon and Rectal
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