What is a Hernia?

hernia careAnyone—man, woman or child—can get a hernia.

A hernia is when an internal organ bulges through a weak area of muscle. This can happen when a muscle is weak or strained, mostly in the abdomen.

Symptoms of a hernia can include pain, discomfort or swelling. If a hernia is left untreated, it can cause severe pain and lead to other health problems.

Why Does a Hernia Happen?

There are several reasons:

  • A muscle is weak, strained or stretched
    • during heavy lifting
    • during pregnancy or significant weight loss
    • during a bowel movement
  • A medical condition, such as lung disease or an enlarged prostate, causes increased pressure in the abdomen

Some people are born with weak abdominal muscles, making them more susceptible to developing hernias.

Different Types of Hernias

The physicians at Mercy are skilled in treating the different types of hernias, including: