Types of Hernia

The term hernia is a general one meaning the protrusion of an internal organ through the fascia of a muscle wall in the abdomen. As such, hernias can take several forms in various locations and for differing reasons. The most common forms of hernia are:

  • Inguinal (groin) hernias, which are the most common type and occur in men far more often than women
  • Femoral (upper thigh) hernias which are most commonly found in women, but may occur in men as well
  • Incisional (surgical) hernias which may form due to a previous surgical incision
  • Umbilical (belly button) hernias which are often present from birth or occur because of the weak nature of the umbilicus
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