What are the common types of a hernia?

Most types of hernias are seen in the abdominal region. Regions of weakness in the abdomen where hernias are commonly seen include:

  • Groin
  • Upper stomach
  • Belly button
  • The region of a surgical scar

As most of us know, inguinal and umbilical hernias are the most common types. The other common types include:

  • Femoral hernias: This is the hernia of the groin and commonly found in women. This type of hernia will occur at the hole in a person’s abdominal wall, where your femoral artery and vein run from the abs into the leg.
  • Hiatus hernias: This is the hernia of the upper chest area when a portion of the stomach thrusts up into the chest by pushing through a gap in the diaphragm, known as the hiatus.
  • Incisional hernia: This is the hernia of the scar from previous abdominal surgery. This would occur when the tissue squeezes through the fragile healed site in the abdominal wall.

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