An inguinal hernia is the protrusion of peritoneal contents into the inguinal canal. The most common variety is the indirect inguinal hernia which enters the canal via the internal inguinal ring. Direct inguinal hernias penetrate forward through the posterior wall of the inguinal canal. Inguinal hernias are usually reducible, but operation is usually indicated for patient comfort. Some centers repair hernias laparoscopically.
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