Inguinal Hernia: Surgery in Children
An Reference inguinal hernia Opens New Window will not go away without surgery. Most hernias in children are indirect (the abdominal tissue has bulged down the Reference inguinal canal Opens New Window). These hernias need to be repaired, because they are likely to become Reference incarcerated Opens New Window.
Prompt surgery is needed for younger children especially, because they may not complain about pain until there is a risk of the intestine becoming tightly trapped and its blood supply being cut off (strangulation).
- Hernias that are incarcerated, even if they can be pushed back into the abdomen, need to be repaired as soon as possible because of the risk of strangulation.
- Surgery may be delayed on premature babies with hernias that are not incarcerated. Premature babies are at risk for complications before and after surgery, because their hearts and respiratory systems are not fully developed.
- Boys who have a Reference hydrocele Opens New Window and an inguinal hernia usually have both problems repaired during the same surgery.
Surgery to repair an inguinal hernia needs to be postponed in infants who have any of the following conditions:
- Any active infection
- A cold or other upper respiratory tract infection
- Presence of a significant rash in the groin area
- Severe heart disease present at birth
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference November 15, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Kenneth Bark, MD - Surgery, Colon and Rectal