If a tissue or organ protrudes through a weak spot in the groin structure, causing the groin or scrotum to protrude, which may feel painful or bulging, and it retracts normally when lying down, and bulges when standing or exerting force, it may be inguinal hernia.
In general, it is easy to confuse groin hernia with the inguinal hernia because the protrusions are located on both sides of the lower abdomen and inner thighs, close to the sexual organs. In fact, groin hernia is a general term for a hernia protrusion that occurs in the area, including inguinal hernia (occurs in the weak spot of groin structure which is located on upper inner side) and femoral hernia (occurs in the weak spot of groin structure which is located on lower lateral side).
About 90% of hernias in adults are inguinal hernia. It is the most common, and occurs in 90% of men.
According to the cause and structure, inguinal hernia can be classified as:：
- Indirect Hernia
- Direct Hernia