What is a Hernia?

A Hernia occurs when the inside layers of the abdominal wall have weakened, resulting in a bulge or tear. In the same way that an inner tube passes through a hole or break in a tyre, the inner lining of the abdominal cavity pushes through the abdominal wall to form a small balloon like sac. This can allow bowel or other abdominal contents to push through into the sac. This is a hernia.

The hernia can result in severe pain and even require emergency surgery due to trapped bowel. Both men and women can have a hernia.

Some people are born with a hernia or defect while some develop it due to wear and tear.

A hernia does not get better over time, nor will it go away by itself. They generally get bigger and cause greater problems while being more complex to repair.

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