Sliding Inguinal Hernias

A sliding inguinal (groin) hernia is a variant that is seen in 3% of hernia cases. It occurs when the wall of the hernia sac is an organ like the bladder or the colon. In such cases, it is very important that the surgeon recognize the hernia as a slider and take great care to avoid visceral damage to the organ involved during the repair.

Patients who have this type of hernia may feel pain or a bulge in the groin area. If left untreated, the hernia may become strangulated, which could lead to bowel obstruction. Unless a significant medical condition prevents it, all hernias should be repaired with surgery.