Hernias are one of the most common types of surgical problems faced by adults. There are many different types of hernias, each with their own characteristics. So, what exactly is a hernia? What are the different types?

Imagining a hernia

To start with, let us try to imagine our body as a bunch of organs and tissue held in place by muscles, and further covered by skin. The bones provide the framework for all this. In hernia formation, the muscles, organs, and tissues are most involved. …


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What is a hernia?

A hernia is a bulge or an outpouching of organs or tissue from their normal position through a gap in the muscle or fascia. They often seem like a lump under the skin. Hernias can happen anywhere in the body, although they are most often common in the trunk. Some different types of hernias are:

Umbilical hernia

In an umbilical hernia, where the organs and tissue seem to bulge at the level of the belly button. For newborns, umbilical hernias most common near the navel (belly button), and most will eventually close before the infant reaches the age of five.

Inguinal hernia

A lower abdominal bulge leading to the groin often called an inguinal hernia. However, it is far more common in males who are born with weak abdominal muscles and are more likely to develop a hernia. …


What is a ventral hernia?

Ventral hernia or Incisional hernia as it is often called is a common surgical problem when we come across worldwide. The protrusion of the abdominal contents of the bowel or the fatty apron over the bowels called the omentum. The defect in the abdominal wall has occurred due to defective healing of an incision over the abdomen. This forms the hernia.

What causes a ventral hernia?

Most of the ventral hernias occur in the midline of the front wall of the abdomen from below the breast bone to above the pubic bone. …


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Groin hernias or inguinal hernias are often little troublemakers. They don’t bother you for a long time but just persist as a little bulge in your pants. But when they become problematic, they can cause quite a bit of pain.

Inguinal hernias are groin swellings, which occur there is a defect in your abdominal wall. These defects can contain protruded intestine or abdominal fat. In most men with hernias, they are painless because. So, we tend to ignore them and leave it aside. But we forget to realize that this is the best time to get a hernia operated. When your hernia is small and painless, surgery is easy and recovery is faster. When they do grow big and painful, the surgery is a bit longer. …

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R S Rengan

Dr ( Major ) R S Rengan MS, DNB, DLS ( France ) HOME OF HEALING SURGICAL CENTRE. General, Laparoscopic and Gastrointestinal surgeon in Chennai, India.

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