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An Introduction to What a Hernia Entails

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  • A hernia occurs when an organ protrudes through an opening in the muscle or tissue keeping it in place. This leads to a formation of a lump containing parts of intestinal or abdominal fatty tissue in areas like the groin, upper part of the stomach, belly button and in other places where a patient may have a surgical scar
  • Five million people in the U.S. have an abdominal hernia, but only around 700,000 of these people seek medical treatment yearly. A hernia is more common in males compared to females

Seeing an unidentified bulge on your body is a sign that something may be wrong. This could be a hernia, a condition that occurs when an organ or tissue swells through an opening in the muscle or tissue keeping it in place. This leads to a formation of a lump containing parts of intestinal or abdominal fatty tissue,1 manifesting in the groin, upper portion of the stomach, belly button or places where there's a surgical scar.2

What Are the Known Types of Hernias?

Hernias can appear on various body parts, and can be classified according to the following types:3,4,5

  • Ventral hernias, such as incisional or epigastric hernia
  • Abdominal hernias like inguinal and hiatal hernia6
  • Diaphragmatic hernia
  • Umbilical or umbilicus hernia
  • Sports hernia7
  • Femoral hernia
  • Spigelian hernia
  • Obturator hernia
  • Incarcerated hernia8
  • Strangulated hernia

Are There Risk Factors for a Hernia?

There are multiple factors that can predispose a person to develop a hernia:9

  • Genetics
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Constipation
  • Surgical procedures
  • Diseases like sleep apnea, diabetes, coughs, bronchitis or asthma
  • Treatments like steroids, immune-modulator medicines or chemotherapy
  • Pregnancy

How Common of a Condition Is a Hernia?

Approximately 5 million people in the U.S. have an abdominal hernia,10 but only 700,000 of these people seek medical treatment, at least through a surgical procedure, yearly.11 Males are known to have a higher hernia risk compared to women,12 although both groups of people are commonly affected by an indirect hernia.

Babies can have hernias too, in the form of an umbilical hernia. Around 10 to 20 percent of newborns have this condition, although most hernias close by themselves by the time the child turns 3 to 4 years old.13

What Can You Do to Address a Hernia?

Although having a hernia may seem very complicated, healing it is possible if you learn about methods and techniques that will help combat this condition. These articles can provide you with the necessary information regarding a hernia, such as its common symptoms, causes and types. Find out how you can address a hernia using natural methods and inhibit its development.

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