By: Meg Irish
Published: November 21, 2019
Hernia surgery is one of the most common non-emergent operations in the U.S. with over 1 million patients undergoing surgery annually. A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through a weak spot in the muscle or tissue that holds it in place. For patients who find out they have a hernia, surgery is not always needed right away unless significant discomfort and pain are present. If left untreated, a hernia will generally increase in size and pain and can lead to more life-threatening complications. If you decide to hold off on surgery, it is important to continue to monitor any pain or progress and notify your doctor of any significant changes.
Types of Hernias
Most commonly found in the abdomen, hernias may also appear in the upper thigh, belly button, or groin areas.
- Inguinal – occurs in the groin, most prevalent of all hernias
- Epigastric – occurs in the upper region of the abdominal wall and is the result of pregnancy and childbirth
- Umbilical – occurs at the site of the umbilical cord, the belly button, a naturally weakened area of the body, found in men and women
- Incisional – occurs at the site of a previous surgical incision and can develop weeks, months, or even years after surgery