Symptoms of Inguinal Hernia in Older Men
Typical symptoms include:
Bulging in the lower abdomen is not the only sign of hernial pathology. Often, older men complain of pain, which occurs periodically and quickly pass. In order to prevent the development of the disease as early as possible, you need to know the symptoms:
- frequent urination;
- discomfort and burning sensation in the groin area;
- swelling and pain in the scrotum;
- heaviness and sensation of squeezing in the groin.
The initial stage of the disease is asymptomatic. Hernial formation only begins to penetrate the inguinal ring and does not cause pain. Therefore, many older men seek medical help at later stages, when pain and discomfort appear. Symptoms can worsen after exercise. The first sign of hernial disorder is a swelling in the groin area, which itself does not pass, but gradually increases in size. Over time, older men develop new symptoms:
- change in the size and shape of swelling during exercise;
- burning in the groin area;
- dull aching pain;
- discomfort when walking;
- a feeling of heaviness and fullness in the lower abdomen.
Stages of development of hernial disorder:
The initial one — the hernial sac only begins to penetrate the groin ring, the first symptoms appear;
Channel – hernial protrusion under the pressure of intra-abdominal pressure moves along the groin channel, but does not descend deeply;
Complete inguinal hernia – pathological formation increases in size and extends beyond the groin channel;
Inguinal-scrotal hernia – the last stage of the disease, when the hernial formation descends into the scrotum. This is often diagnosed in older men.
Preparing for an inguinal hernia surgery: In order for the surgery to be successful and the postoperative period to proceed without complications, the surgeon must obtain the most complete and reliable information about the patient’s condition. The operation of an inguinal hernia in older men requires serious preparation. Before surgery, an elderly patient should be examined by a medical institution:
The results of blood and urine tests can be obtained from your doctor. The doctor must also know about various transferred and chronic diseases of the patient, as well as the reaction to various drugs. Smokers need to stop smoking completely a week before the operation or minimize the number of consumed tobacco products. All patients, 8 hours before surgery, must completely stop smoking, eating as well as drinking any fluids. About Medigap: Medicare supplement plans allow the elderly who are 65 and above cover additional expenses not covered by Traditional Part A & Part B Medicare.