An inguinal hernia is a hernia that occurs in the groin region. In children these are almost all congenital hernias, meaning that the defect was present from the time the patient was born. Although the defect was always there, it may not become apparent until something bulges through the hole. Sometimes parents worry that their child lifted something too heavy or strained to hard to cause a hernia to develop, but in almost all cases this is not true. The hernia defect or hole was likely always there since birth. It was only the straining that pushed something through the hole to make it become noticeable.

This patient education video will help teenage children and legal guardians understand better what hernia operation consists of and the risks and benefits involved. The following sections are included: Symptoms and their Causes, Surgical Procedure, Risks and Complications, After the Surgery.