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What is a Hernia?

A hernia occurs when an internal organ of the body pushes through by opening a tissue or a muscle that helps to hold it in place. For instance, intestines can break through a weakened abdominal wall. Most of the hernias occur between the chest and hip; however, they may also occur in the groin and upper thigh area. A hernia is usually harmless, but it may cause discomfort or pain to an individual.

What are the Types of Hernia?

Some of the common types of hernia are as follows:

  • Inguinal hernia: It is the most common type of hernia. It occurs when the intestine pushes through a weak spot in the lower abdominal wall (inguinal canal).
  • Femoral hernia: In this, the fatty tissues protrude into the groin at the top of the inner thigh.
  • Umbilical hernia: Fatty tissue of the intestine pushes through the abdomen near the belly button.
  • Hiatal hernia: In this type, part of the stomach pushes up in the chest cavity through an opening in the diaphragm.
  • Incisional hernia: The tissue protrudes through the site of an abdominal scar.
  • Epigastric hernia: The fatty tissues protrude through the navel and lower part of the breastbone.
  • Spigelian hernia: In this, the intestine pushes itself through the abdomen at the side of the abdominal muscle.

What are the Symptoms of Hernia?

Some of the common symptoms of a hernia are -

  • Pain at the site of the bulge
  • Pain while lifting objects
  • A bulge in the groin
  • Dull aching sensation
  • Bulge size increases with time
  • Signs of bowel obstruction

What Causes Hernia?

A hernia is usually caused due to weak muscles in the abdominal and groin areas. These weakened muscles can be from birth or may have developed with aging or repeated strains such as obesity, frequent coughing, physical exertion, and others.

When to See a Doctor

If you witness that the bulge of hernia turns red, blue, or purple or any of the other hernia symptoms, you should immediately seek medical help. The healthcare professional would understand the exact cause of the occurrence of the bulge and plan the treatment process.

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What are the Risk Factors Associated with Hernia?

Some of the common factors that help in the development of hernia are -

  • Men are more prone to suffer from hernia
  • Muscles get weak as you age
  • Family history of hernia
  • Chronic cough
  • Chronic constipation
  • Pregnancy
  • Premature birth
  • Low birth weight
  • Previous inguinal hernia

What are the Possible Complications of Hernia?

An untreated hernia can lead to serious medical complications. It can put pressure on the nearby tissues and also cause swelling in the surrounding area. Sometimes when the intestine gets trapped in the abdominal wall, it can abstract your bowel movement and lead to severe pain. If the trapped section of the intestine does not get enough blood flow, it then leads to strangulation.

How Can We Prevent Hernia?

Some of the common prevention tips that would help you to avoid getting a hernia are -

  • Quit smoking
  • Eat high-fiber food
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Do not strain during bowel movement
  • Avoid lifting weights
  • Perform exercises that would help to strengthen abdomen muscles

How is Hernia Treated?

You need to consult your doctor as hernias do not get treated independently, and surgery would help treat the hernia. If the surgeon analyses that surgery would be required to treat your hernia, then depending on your condition, the surgeon would recommend the type of surgery to treat the hernia. Some of the types of surgeries used to treat hernia are - open surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and robotic hernia repair surgery.


A hernia is a very common problem; it causes a bulge in the groin or abdomen. A hernia occurs when there is a weakness in the muscular wall that keeps the organs in place. The lump or the bulge due to hernia may disappear when you lay down; however, coughing may make it reappear. Some prominent causes of hernia are abdominal fluid, poor nutrition, cystic fibrosis, enlarged prostate, and others.

Which type of hernia is repaired by the use of minimally invasive surgery?

Almost all types of abdominal wall hernias - inguinal, umbilical, femoral, epigastric, and incisional - can be treated with the use of minimally invasive surgery.

How is a hernia diagnosed?

The general physician can diagnose a hernia by physical examination. After analyzing your condition, if the professional feels the need for further tests, they can prescribe imaging tests such as abdominal ultrasound, MRI, and CT scans.

How long does it take to recover from hernia surgery?

It is a minimally invasive surgery. With few restrictions, you can recover from the pain rapidly.


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