Hernia basics

Inguinal and Femoral Hernia Management 

Dr. Erin Kern


*More common in men (lifetime prevalence 27-43% vs 3-6% in women) 

*Inguinal hernias are most common (indirect) in both males and females 

*Hernia Risk factors: male, age (bimodal: 0-5, 75-85), low body mass index, prostatectomy, family history 








Finnel, Louise."Hernia in Adults and Children."Tintinalli's Emergency Medicine Manual, 8eEds. Rita K. Cydulka, et al.McGraw Hill, 2017 


HerniaSurge Group. International guidelines for groin hernia management. Hernia. 2018 Feb;22(1):1-165. doi: 10.1007/s10029-017-1668-x. Epub 2018 Jan 12. PMID: 29330835; PMCID: PMC5809582. 


Pawlak, M., East, B. & de Beaux, A.C. Algorithm for management of an incarcerated inguinal hernia in the emergency settings with manual reduction. Taxis, the technique and its safety. Hernia 25, 12531258 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10029-021-02429-1 


Nilsson H, Nilsson E, Angerås U, Nordin P. Mortality after groin hernia surgery: delay of treatment and cause of death. Hernia 2011; 15:301.