One in ten people will develop a hernia throughout their lifetime, and considering that fact, it is shocking how little people actually know about this common health problem. And while June is technically National Hernia Awareness Month (mark your calendars), we thought we would get a jump on the fun and help prep you for a condition that you have 10 percent of getting.
What is a hernia?
According to The British Hernia Association, a hernia occurs when an internal part of the body pushes through a weakness in the muscle or surrounding tissue wall. It typically develops between the chest and hips. It can develop in anyone at any time, which makes it that much more frightening. And yes, even children and babies are susceptible.
What types of hernia’s are there?
There are 9 different types of hernias, and according to the National Health Service, they include:
Inguinal hernias – when fatty tissue or part of the bowel pokes through into the groin at the top of the inner thigh. It is associated with aging and repeated strain on the abdomen.
Incisional hernias – where tissue pokes through a surgical wound in the abdomen that hasn’t fully healed.
Epigastric hernias – where fatty tissue pokes through the abdomen, between the navel and the lower part of your breastbone.
Spigelian hernias – where part of the bowel pokes through the abdomen at the side of the abdominal muscle, below the navel.
Diaphragmatic hernias – where organs in the abdomen move into the chest through an opening in the diaphragm. This can affect babies if their diaphragm doesn’t develop properly in the womb.
Muscle hernias – where part of a muscle pokes through your abdomen, they also occur in leg muscles as the result of a sports injury.
Femoral hernias – when fatty tissue or part of the bowel pokes through into the groin at the top of the inner thigh, pushing through a weak spot in the surrounding muscle wall into an area called the femoral canal. It is also associated with aging and repeated strain on the abdomen.
Umbilical hernias – when fatty tissue or a part of the bowel pokes through the abdomen near the belly button. It can occur in babies if the opening in the abdomen through which the umbilical cord passes doesn’t seal properly after birth. Adults can also be affected.
Hiatus hernias – when part of the stomach pushes up into the chest by squeezing through an opening in the diaphragm. It may not have any noticeable symptoms, although it can cause heartburn in some people.
What are the symptoms?
One of the many problems there are with hernias is the fact that they can often cause little to no symptoms at all. Most people will simply notice a swelling in the abdomen or groin, often, that can get pushed back in place or disappears when laying down.
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