Inguinal hernia and hydrocele surgery in children
Hernia repair is among the most common paediatric surgical procedures. An inguinal hernia is an open connection between the abdominal cavity and the scrotum, caused by the inguinal canal not closing properly after testicle descent. It can manifest either as a hydrocele, i.e. a build-up of abdominal fluid around the testicle, or as an inguinal hernia, i.e. a protrusion of, for instance, part of the bowels or an ovary through the inguinal canal.
60 % of all inguinal hernias appear on the right side, 30 % on the left side and 10 % on both sides.
When an inguinal hernia is discovered, it is repaired immediately. A hydrocele does not necessarily require surgery; you can wait until the child is around four years old to see if it disappears by itself. During hernia repair surgery, the hernia sac is closed through a small incision in the groin.
Recovery is quick. The child can usually return to school or day care within a few days.
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Johtimo NinaPediatric Surgeon
Lic. Med., Specialist in Pediatric Surgery. Children's injuries, stress injuries, malalignments, pain. Hernias, enuresis, testicular disorders, foreskin disorders, back pain, stomach disorders, small skin change removals, children's surgical procedures, wedge resections. Children's acute disorders from ear infections to breathing disorders