What is a Testicle Hernia?

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A testicle hernia is a type of inguinal hernia in which a loop of bowel pushes its way into the scrotum, causing a distinctive lump. Inguinal hernias in general tend to be more common in men than in women because of the way in which male fetuses develop, but testicle hernias are comparatively rare. Like other hernias, the only way to repair a testicle hernia is through surgery to put the bowel back into place and repair the site of the herniation.

Hernias occur when an organ pushes through the layers of tissue which are supposed to keep it contained. In the case of an inguinal hernia, this involves the protrusion of bowel past the inguinal canal, an anatomical feature located in the lower abdomen. Inguinal hernias cause lumps and corresponding pain in the groin area. They tend to be more common in men because of the male anatomy: the testicles actually start out in the body, and later descend, leaving a weak point which is vulnerable to herniation.


In the case of a testicle hernia, the loop of bowel trapped in the intestine may feel painful at times, and it leaps into prominence when the patient coughs, which is a useful diagnostic tool. At a physical, a doctor often checks for hernias by placing a hand on the scrotum and asking the patient to cough; if a lump emerges, the patient has a testicle hernia. If the condition is left untreated, the hernia may become strangulated, meaning that the supply of blood is cut off, causing the tissue to die. This is not desirable, and as a result, a testicle hernia must be treated.

A hernia truss can sometimes be worn to keep the herniated bowel in place, but the site will eventually require surgery. Although many men are understandably nervous about having surgical procedures in the vicinity of their testicles, the consequences of an untreated hernia should not be taken lightly, and the earlier surgical intervention is undertaken, the less traumatic the surgery should be. The surgeon will also exercise due care in the region while repairing the hernia to ensure that nothing is damaged.

Sometimes, a testicle hernia just emerges, without any action on the part of the patient. In other instances, the hernia is brought on by severe strain, poor lifting posture with weights and heavy objects, or strenuous activity. Men can reduce their chances of developing an inguinal hernia by learning to lift things safely, and exercising at a reasonable comfort level which includes adequate time for warming up and cooling down.


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Post 17

I had an operation on my left testicle to remove three cysts and after I came home, it started to swell. I was told I had a hernia inside and would need another operation, but since it was so close to the other surgery, I put it off. Two years later and I'm in the process of waiting for that operation. It is painful and feels like a burning sensation. I hope to get sorted soon,

Post 16

I had an operation on an inguinal hernia at the age of 5. Afterward, I never visited the doctor for that. Now I am 21 years old and my testes are not doing their job. What should I do?

Post 15

My name is Eiberto. I am 55 years old and weigh about 225 pounds. When I was 19 years old, I had an operation on the left side of my testicle due to a hernia, and I think it may be back again. I feel the same discomfort. My left testicle and scrotum feel full of liquid, and I feel like it is discharged from my penis. If I lie flat in bed, I can grab my testicle with both hands in a kind of squeeze until they shrink again and I feel a sensation of that liquid flowing and the pressure back to its place.

Post 14

I can't feel any lump, just an enlarged testicle on one side, and excruciating pain. I have no idea what's going on. I just want it diagnosed and fixed. Also, contact with the right side sends a huge jolt through me and I want to scream.

Post 12

What if I feel a lump inside my testicle, but there is no pain?

Post 11

Can a testicular hernia go away from one day to another? My grandfather has had a hernia for many years and it's huge, but now its gone all of a sudden and I'm very concerned. Can it just go away and should we be concerned? My grandfather is 91 years old.

Post 10

Okay I am confused. I was told I had hernia when I was a kid, like 7 or something. But the only thing wrong with me is one of my testicles didn't drop as far as the other one, and I rarely get any pain if much at all. The doc just told me to hold it down, for periods of time. Anyway, it doesn't sound like hernia.

Post 7

Will you still be able to have children after surgery, or does it really lower your count?

Post 5

A testicle hernia is not a lump on the testicle. It is a lump inside the scrotum and is above the testicle.

Post 4

how long does it take to recover?

Post 3

the pain that comes with this type of hernia -- is it near the testicles or in the upper groin area?

is it on one side or both?

Post 2

Is a testicle hernia the lump on the testicle?

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