A hernia is a protrusion of tissue from one part of your body, through the tissue wall that contains it, into another part of the body. There are many types of hernias and they are named depending on where they occur in your body.

The commonest hernias that effect patients are abdominal hernias. These are hernias that appear in areas such as the groin, umbilicus (“belly button”), the midline of the abdomen or old scars (incisional hernias).

The following information explains more about what specific types of hernia there are, the factors that contribute to a hernia, what problems can occur with hernias if they are not fixed, when should hernia repair be considered, what the surgical options are for repairing a hernia and factors you can control to help any hernia surgery be successful.

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