A hernia is a defect or hole that develops in the tough tissue surrounding the abdomen, known as the fascia. Hernias can form almost anywhere in the abdomen and symptoms can include swelling, pain, a bulge, or no symptoms at all. While the hole itself is not concerning, the small possibility of abdominal contents, like the colon or fatty tissue, getting trapped in the hernia defect is what we are truly concerned about. This is not to mention the pain and discomfort that can limit one’s lifestyle, when the hernia becomes symptomatic.
Of all hernias, the majority occur in the groin (inguinal) and the vast majority occur in men. Other common types of hernia include: Femoral (occurring in the upper thigh), umbilical (by the belly button) and incisional (at a surgical site).