Got a inguinal hernia, last few inches of intestine (def. Direct inguinal hernias occur when a weak spot develops in the lower belly muscle) . I live in IE near Los Angeles but the only doctor my health Insurance wants me to go to does the mesh hernia and I am loathe to go that way when I see those TV ads saying "sue this doctor for improper use of mesh." There is a hospital in Toronto famous for hernia surgery without mesh but my medical insurance won't pay for me to go up there (probably $2000 an operation). By the way I think I inadvertently hastened its arrival by trying to run on the treadmill a mile in 12 minutes, all that pounding broke it through so watch those over-attempts to feel young in the gym (that was at age 72 or so) .