Lump in the groin?

Lump in the groin?

Has your child got a lump in the groin that comes and goes? Well they probably have an inguinal hernia.  This is where the stuff inside the tummy cavity pushes down towards the scrotum in boys, or the labia in girls. 

The problem is that their hernia won’t better without surgery and sometimes it can come out and get stuck! This is an emergency because the bowel, testicle or ovary can be damaged very quickly. 

So, in a stuck hernia the lump stays out, gets painful, red, or causes your child to vomit. If any of these things are happening to your child you should bring them to hospital immediately. Thankfully this is not common. 

At Danat Al Emarat Hospital, we recognize the apprehension parents feel when it comes to their child’s surgical care. That’s why we’ve embraced advanced 3mm minimally invasive (keyhole) techniques to address inguinal hernias with precision and care.  The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and typically takes about 1 hour to complete.  All of the stitches are dissolving and under the skin and special skin glue is used to protect the wounds afterwards. 

Following your child’s procedure, they should be able to go home the same day and be back to their normal activities within a number of days.  If your baby was born prematurely they may require overnight stay for observation. 

Once the scar is healed we would recommend rubbing in bio-oil on a daily basis and avoiding sunburn as this can really help improve the appearance of scar in the long term.  In fact, with our advanced keyhole techniques the scars are often essentially invisible.  

Before and after your child’s procedure, our dedicated pediatric surgeons will provide you with their personal mobile number. This direct line of communication ensures that you can reach out easily with any questions, concerns, or updates you may have. We believe in fostering a close connection between our medical team and your family, providing reassurance and peace of mind throughout the entire surgical journey.

So, if you’re worried that your child has an inguinal hernia – why not get in touch: Call 800 96626 to book an appointment 

Until next time, take care of yourself and your family. Best wishes. 

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