A hernia is a medical condition Where an internal organ or other body part protrudes through a weak spot or tear in the muscle wall or connective tissue. The weak spot or tear can allow the intestine, fatty tissue or an organ to squeeze through, often at the abdominal wall. In some cases, a hernia can be seen externally bulging, often when a person is straining.
There are a number of different types of hernias, the most common types are:
- Inguinal:occurs in the inner groin
- Femoral:occurs in the upper thigh/outer groin
- Incisional:occurs through an incision or scar in the abdomen
- Ventral:occurs in the general abdominal/ventral wall
- Umbilical:occurs at the belly button
- Hiatal:occurs inside the abdomen, along the upper stomach/diaphragm