What Is a Hernia? Understanding Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Medically Reviewed by Madeline Hubbard, RN, BSN

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What Is a Hernia? Understanding Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

A hernia is a medical condition that occurs when a weakened portion of muscle wall or membrane allows internal organs and/or surrounding fatty tissue to protrude outside of the space where they normally sit in your body. There are several different types of hernias, and they’re classified based on the area of your body where they develop. Hernias are most commonly found around the abdomen and lower torso regions.

Regardless of the location, hernias can range in severity; some hernias resolve on their own and some require surgical intervention to prevent dangerous consequences. Read on to find out how hernias can be prevented, identified and managed.