Hernias occur when an organ or tissue bulges through a weak area of muscle. In most cases, hernias occur in the abdomen.
Hernias come in several forms, including:
- Inguinal, in the groin area. The most common type.
- Umbilical, near the belly button
- Incisional, via a scar
- Hiatal, an opening in the diaphragm through which upper parts of the stomach can enter the chest.
- Congenital diaphragmatic, a condition caused by birth defects
The prevalence of hernias is high. Women, men, and children can all suffer from them. It may be caused by muscle weakness and strain, such as heavy lifting. It is possible to get a hernia if you are born with weak abdominal muscles.
The most common treatment is surgery to close the opening in the muscle wall. Hernias can cause pain and health problems if left untreated.
To discuss diagnosis and treatment options, please book an appointment with our specialist.
To learn more about hernias, please click on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hernia/
Dr Ibrahim Yahli MD MRCPsych