A hernia can occur when tissue or an organ pushes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall or other tissue. There are a number of causes such as lifting heavy objects, obesity, straining, and pregnancy. Hernias can also be present at birth.
There are different types of hernias. The most common include:
Inguinal – This type of hernia occurs when tissue pushes through a weak spot in the groin or scrotum.
Femoral – A femoral hernia can appear in the groin or upper thigh. No more than five percent of all hernias are of this type, mostly women. A femoral hernia is located in the canal where the femoral artery is.
Hiatal – One of the most common hernias. This type occurs when the stomach pushes up through the opening between the abdomen and chest cavity where the esophagus is.
Umbilical – This type occurs around the belly button where there would be a weakness in the abdominal wall.
Incisional – This type of hernia occurs at the site of a previous incision in the abdominal wall.
Symptoms of a hernia may include a visible bulge at the site of the hernia. Nausea and vomiting may also be present. It is important to see a physician if a hernia is suspected. Surgeons may want to perform surgery on the hernia and provide additional support with surgical mesh to prevent unwanted and dangerous complications. Strangulation of the intestine or other organs is a risk in untreated hernias. This can be life-threatening as the blood supply to important organs can be compromised.
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