What is a Hernia?

A hernia occurs when one or more of your internal organs forces its way through weak muscle tissue. Muscles around the intestine, for example, are usually enough enough to keep your organs in their rightful place. Sometimes these weaknesses cause the organ to poke through the muscle that causing a hernia.

There are four main types of hernia that affect the human body:

  1. Inguinal Hernia – This type of hernia takes place when the intestine pokes through the lower stomach area.
  2. Femoral Hernia – This type affects the groin and inner thigh area.
  3. Umbilical Hernia – This commonly affects the area surrounding the navel
  4. Incisional Hernia – This particular type occurs when tissue pokes though a man made incision or cut, possibly from a previous operation.

In the majority of cases seen, hernias often show little or even no symptoms at all. Sometimes serious obstacles in the bowel can take place which have the potential to be very dangerous to the sufferer. Blood supply to the vital organs can also be interrupted causing damage and sometimes failure of the affected body parts.

Both of these side effects should be treated very seriously and are classed as emergencies. Surgery is usually the only option to treat a hernia. If you are worried that you or some one you know may have a hernia problem, please do not hesitate to contact you local health practitioner. Hernias can often go unnoticed for some time, waiting for any side affects to take place could be extremely detrimental to your health.