Types of Hernia

Hernia is an abnormal bulge or growth created as a result of the existence of weakness or hole in the muscular wall whose duties are to protect and keep the abdominal organs intact and in place. This muscular wall is commonly known as Peritoneum. Hernias usually have certain targeted areas where they most normally attack are seen developing. Examples of such areas include:

  • The upper or topmost part of the stomach.
  • The groin.
  • The belly button.
  • Surgical scars.

These areas all represent different types of hernia and their possible places of attachment. To be more specific and paint a much better picture so you all understand this, let’s take a look at some common Hernia types that we have.

Types of Hernia

The most commonly known type of hernias include…

  • Inguinal hernia: This type of hernia is the most common type of hernia which most people seem to get, and usually occurs when part of the bowels squeeze or push through the lower abdomen into the groin region/ area. It’s mostly identified with men and very common as it causes a bulge in the groin that may usually reach the scrotum.


  • Hiatus/ Hiatial Hernia: This is usually caused when portions of the stomach pushes up into the chest, using an opening in the diaphragm. The upper part of the stomach in other words pushes out the abdominal organs into the chest cavity via an opening in the diaphragm.


  • Epigastric Hernia: This is hernia caused when fatty tissues push through the abdomen, between the belly button and breastbone.


  • Femoral Hernia: It occurs when fatty tissues or portions of the bowel pushes out or is forced out at the point of entering the groin at the topmost part of the inner thigh. This is most commonly seen exhibiting a bulge just beneath the groin, and is frequent or much common with women.


  • Umbilical Hernia: This is when fatty issues (parts of the bowel) push through the abdomen close to the belly. The belly button to be precise is the area affected by this type of hernia.


  • Spigelian hernia: A push of parts of the bowel through the abdomen by the stomach muscle just below the belly button necessitates the formation of this type of hernia.


  • Incisional Hernia: Past abdominal surgeries or surgery can lead to one getting an incisional hernia. Over here, hernia growth is seen appearing through or within the operational scar and can be very painful to say the least.

Types of Hernia was written by chantele Iris Nunoo

2 Responses so far.

  1. priness says:

    No one should wait for problems like this before going to the hospital. Constant check up will do the trick. Though it might not be easy with finance but prevention is better than cure.

  2. priness says:

    Though check up might not be an easy task considering the expenses involved but prevention is better than cure. Constant check up will do the trick.