Hernia’s: Hiatal, Umbilical, & Inguinal

Dr. Kolachalam, Hernia’s: Hiatal, Umbilical, & Inguinal   


 What is a Hernia?


A hernia is a protrusion of part of an organ through the muscle wall that surrounds it. A hernia occurs when tissue bulges out through an opening in the muscles. Any part of the abdominal wall can weaken and develop a hernia, but the most common sites are the groin Inguinal, the navel  (adult-umbilical Hernia or ventral_hernia) and a previous surgical incision site. A ventral hernia is a bulge through an opening in the muscles on the abdomen. The hernia can occur at a past incision site (incisional), above the navel (epigastric), or other weak muscle sites (primary abdominal). More information about Hernia’s can be found at SAGES website, click here to open a separate page for this information.

Click a link to learn specific information about your hernia type :

  1. Hiatal – Upper abdomen, below the breast line
  2. Umbilical – Above/Below or around the belly button
  3. Inguinal – Located in the groin or scrotum area
  4. Ventral – Areas near the belly button


Some common symptoms


  • Visible bulge on the abdomen, especially with coughing or straining
  • Visible bulge at the groin or scrotum
  • Pain or pressure at the hernia site


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