What Is A Hernia?
A hernia is a weakness or tear in the abdominal muscles. In the same way that an inner tube pushes through a damaged tire, the inner lining of the abdomen pushes through the weakened area of the abdominal wall to form a small, balloon-like sac. A loop of intestine or abdominal tissue can push into the sac, which may cause a noticeable bulge under the skin. The pressure of tissue pushing through the weakened area can cause significant pain and discomfort.
Where Do Hernias Occur?
A hernia can push through any part of a weakened section of the abdominal wall, like at the incision site of a previous surgery. However, the most common site is in the groin. To learn more about the different types of hernias, refer to Types of Hernias.
Who Gets Hernias?
Hernias are extremely common. Hernias can develop in men, women, and children. Even infants can be born with a hernia.
What Can I Do To Feel Better?
Limiting physical activity may reduce the pain and discomfort of a hernia. Surgery repairs the defect and eliminates the chance that a hernia will become strangulated, a condition that is considered a medical emergency.