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If you have a lump that may or may not be a hernia, our ultrasound groin scan can help to diagnose the problem.

This is a safe, pain-free procedure that uses ultrasound technology to examine a possible hernia. Most hernias can be identified without the need for a diagnostic scan; however, if your symptoms are inconclusive, this groin scan from Ultrasound Plus should give you an answer.

Hernias most commonly affect the groin region at the top of the inner thigh. However, we can also scan your abdomen (tummy) for suspected hernias.

What is a hernia?

A hernia is when an internal part of your body (such as fatty tissue or a part of your bowel) pokes through the surrounding muscle or tissue wall. Hernias may cause a lump to appear, especially when you cough or put strain on your body. This lump can usually be pushed back in.

There are several different types of hernia, including:
  • Inguinal Hernia – Affects the groin. More common in men.
  • Femoral Hernia – Affects the groin. More common in women.
  • Umbilical Hernia – Affects the tummy (near the belly button).
Hernias are often symptomless, but in some cases they can be very painful. Other possible symptoms – which would indicate that the hernia has become a medical emergency and requires a visit to the hospital – include constipation and vomiting.

What is the purpose of a hernia scan?

If you suspect you have a hernia – but you’re not sure – we can check using the same ultrasound technology used to perform pregnancy scans.

We recommend our hernia scan if you have a lump in your groin or abdomen and you want to confirm whether or not it has been caused by a hernia.

Book now or email for more information about our groin ultrasound scans.

Hernia Scan FAQs

Do I need to do anything to prepare for my hernia scan?

No, there is no preparation necessary for this ultrasound scan.

What happens during the scan?

Our sonographer will walk you through the procedure before starting. When you’re ready, they will ask you to lie down and expose the affected region for scanning. The sonographer will then put some gel on your skin and place an ultrasound probe on the area in question to obtain images of the suspected hernia. The scan is safe and painless.

What should I wear on the day of my groin scan?

You can wear whatever you like, but please remember that you will need to expose the site of the suspected hernia so that our sonographer can scan the area.
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