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Hernia surgery at Veterans hospital
Here's a story with a happier ending. I met a friend of one of my brothers last week who is 70 years old, in good shape, looks 60, retired Navy guy and construction worker.

Four years ago when we had a hurricane here in Florida he was carrying a sheet of plywood when he felt something give.

Inguinal hernia, he could see and feel the bulge in his groin area, to one side, could push it back in. Went to the VA hospital in West Palm Beach where a surgeon (a woman) fixed him with mesh. It cost him $109 out of pocket, VA paid the rest. He's had no problems since. It's been 4 years.

It's my understanding that an inguinal hernia showing as a visible bulge in the groin area, as opposed to descending down through the canal into the scrotum, is called a DIRECT inguinal hernia. But I could be wrong about that. I think, am guessing, that a hernia like his, a direct inguinal hernia, is the most common kind of hernia.

When I see him again I'll ask about what pains he had. I don't think they get all the testical pains, abductor pains as sports hernia.

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