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What is a Hernia?
A hernia is a hole in the abdominal muscular wall. When intact, the abdominal muscular wall holds the abdominal organs in place. Symptoms associated with a hernia may include a bulge or mass of the abdominal wall with or without associated pain or tenderness. This bulge or mass may disappear when the patient lies down
Types of Hernias & Location
- Inguinal - Groin (upper)
- Femoral - Groin (lower)
- Incisional - Site of prior surgery
- Epigastric - Between the lower chest and bellybutton
- Hiatal or diaphragmatic - In the muscle separating the contents of the chest from the abdomen
Treatment of a hernia involves bringing the edges of the muscle back together with suture and may include the use of a mesh (material that strengthens the hernia repair lowering the risk of another hernia in the future.) This surgery may be performed with a minimally invasive technique or with a larger, more traditional incision.