10 doctors weighed in:
What is a hernia?
10 doctors weighed in

5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Matthew Lublin
Dr. Matthew Lublin
Thank
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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

In brief: 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
Dr. Jarrod Kaufman
Dr. Jarrod Kaufman
Thank
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Zadeh
Dr. Michael Zadeh
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Buck Parker
Board Certified, Surgery
13 years in practice
467K people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors