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A hernia is tissue from inside the abdomen that bulges out through
a weak spot in the muscles of the abdominal (belly) wall. The weak spot may have been
present since birth or may develop after surgery or from violent or ongoing
coughing, lifting heavy objects, or aging.
There are several types of hernias:
A person with a hernia often feels pain, pressure, or burning or
feels like something has given way.
Current as of:
August 9, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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