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what is a hernia?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
16 years experience General Surgery
Tissue bulge: A hernia occurs when a small tissue bulges out through an opening in the muscles. Any part of the abdominal wall can weaken and develop a hernia, but the most common sites are the groin (inguinal), the naval (umbilical), and a previous surgical incision site.
Answered on Nov 11, 2017
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Dr. Matthew Lublin
24 years experience General Surgery
A fascial tear: All hernias are caused by a disruption in the fascia of the abdominal wall. Fascia is a strong sheet of connective tissue that extends from the top of you abdomen (where it meets your chest) down past your groin. The fascia is the strength layer of your abdominal wall. It is responsible for keeping your abdominal contents in your abdomen. A hernia is a hole in your fascia.
Answered on Jan 25, 2019
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Dr. Jarrod Kaufman
28 years experience General Surgery
Hernia: Hernias can cause pain and more commonly when they are intermitently stuck or incarcerated in the defect. The will usually also cause some local bulging at the site of the hernia as well. You should have this issue evaluated by a medical professional and consider treatment if it is frequent or changes your ability to do normal daily activities. This can easily be seen on physical exam by your doc
Answered on May 14, 2017

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Defect or hole: Hernia is a defect in abdominal wall most of the time, but more correctly abnormal protrusion of a viscus ( like disc, brain etc ).
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