Hernia is a Latin word meaning “rupture”. It is a defect located on the abdominal wall, a hole that allows the passage of abnormal intestine or other abdominal viscera. Whenever this rupture occurs, surgical hernia repair is needed.
Hernias can occur in both men and women of all ages, being the truth that the majority of hernia patients are older men. Although its treatment doesn’t require surgery all the times, many cases do so. Hernia repair requires a personalized approach to each patient, as each case needs to be carefully evaluated and treated.
People can find out they have a hernia because it can be both seen and felt. It is a lump in the abdomen or groin and that may or may not disappear when pressing it. The lump can get bigger over time. When in doubt, consult a physician to clarify if you have a hernia, what type of hernia it is, and what is the adequate treatment.
There are several types of hernias and each can have different severity. An inguinal hernia is the one that occurs in the groin, but can grow and fill the scrotum. A femoral hernia grows immediately below the groin, at the root of the thigh. An omphalocele hernia is located at the navel. An epigastric hernia, is located in the middle line of the abdomen between the navel and chest. An incisional hernia occurs in the place of the scar of a previous abdominal surgery. A recurrent hernia is the appearance of any of those types of hernias after having been previously operated.