Most hernia happen in men. Ever wondered why? Are men more susceptible because of their anatomy? Or is it something beyond just anatomy? Does that mean men are susceptible to any form of hernia? We will examine each question carefully for better clarity on hernia.
Do most hernia happen for men?
Any breach of the internal organs though the muscle lining that is supposed to protect the internal organ(s) is termed generically as hernia. Hence hernia can happen anywhere. Abdominal hernia are the most common hernia among all hernias that happen in the human body and they can happen to anyone. There are different types of abdominal hernia and some of the famous abdominal hernia types are inguinal hernia, umbilical hernia, femoral hernia, incisional hernia of the abdomen and hiatus hernia.
Among the different types of abdominal hernia, inguinal hernia takes the cake. Some data says that of all the abdominal hernia, inguinal hernia happens in 80% of the cases. Among the inguinal hernia patients over 90% of them are men. So it is safe to conclude that men are more susceptible to inguinal hernia than women.
Are men more susceptible because of their anatomy?
Partially yes but not entirely true as the cause goes back to the birth as an infant. When a male child is born, the testicles descends into the scrotum through a canal called inguinal canal after the birth. This is a normal process. By nature this inguinal canal closes after the testicles have descended. But sometimes the closure of the inguinal canal may not happen. This might be predominantly because of genetics or hereditary reasons. When the male child grows, it is susceptible to inguinal hernia in such cases.
The muscle of the abdomen might become weak or develop a hole near this region and as a result the intestine and fat tissues inside the abdomen may protrude through this breach. The breach then protrudes into the scrotum through this inguinal canal. So in part the inguinal hernia is due to the anatomy of men also along with genetic reasons.
Are men susceptible to any form of hernia?
No, men are more susceptible only to inguinal hernia. For other forms of hernia, both men and women are equally susceptible. It may be noted that Femoral Hernia is more common in women. It may also be worth mentioning that anyone who has undergone a surgery (more so in case of open surgeries) are equally susceptible to incisional hernia.