A hiatal hernia is characterized by bulging of the upper part of the stomach through an opening in the diaphragm (called hiatus) up to the chest. The most common symptoms of a hiatal hernia are chest pain, heartburn, vomiting, bloating, acid reflux, or even a bad taste in the mouth. The condition is difficult to diagnose because many patients suffering from a hiatal hernia remain asymptomatic.
In the case of a femoral hernia, the protrusion occurs through the femoral canal, which is located in the upper thigh and groin area. Depending on the size of the hernia, it may cause discomfort and hip pain.
Patients with a hiatal hernia have tissue protruding from the upper stomach through a weak spot in the diaphragm muscle that separates the abdomen and chest. The hernia may be accompanied by abdominal pain or heartburn.
An incisional hernia occurs after surgery if the surgery site was not fully closed. This type of hernia is characterized by tissue lying beneath the surgical scar and pushing against the weakened area. Patients will need surgical intervention to address the pain and discomfort caused by the hernia.
An inguinal hernia is characterized by a protrusion of the intestines through the right or left inguinal canal. The inguinal canal is located in the groin and lower abdomen.
Playing sports like soccer, hockey, football, or wrestling can lead to groin-related pain, or a sports hernia. This type of hernia occurs in a weak spot in the lower abdominal wall muscles or tendons. Patients will typically need surgery to treat the sports hernia.
A spigelian hernia forms within the lower part or mid-section of the abdomen through a layer of abdominal wall muscles. This type of hernia is often unnoticed until the patient experiences pain or a bowel obstruction.
An umbilical hernia occurs when a portion of the patient’s intestine pushes through their navel where the umbilical cord was passed through. This type of hernia typically occurs in infants in children, but may also be found in adults. Symptoms of an umbilical hernia can include discomfort, nausea, pain, discoloration, or swelling around the lump. Treatment will vary depending on the size and location of the hernia.
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