What is hernia?
A Hernia happens when an organ protrudes through a surrounding tissue wall, resulting in a visible lump or bulge under the skin. Hernias usually happen in the abdomen area, but can also occur in other areas like the groin area and belly button.
They are usually not life-threatening, but, when worsened, can lead to serious complications such as strangulation or blockage of organs. This may, in turn, cause severe pain, nausea and infection. A strangulated hernia is an emergency that requires immediate medical care and treatment.
There are several types of hernias that affect different groups of people. Inguinal hernia accounts for 75% of hernia cases and is 8 times more likely to affect men than women.