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Mr Iain Jourdan FRCS
Specialist Laparoscopic and Colorectal Surgeon
I think I have a hernia ?
A hernia can occur when a hole forms somewhere in the muscle wall of the body and organs from inside the body push out through this hole. These organs are most often pads of fat or loops of bowel. If a loop of bowel gets trapped in the hernia then it may become strangled which is a surgical emergency. Most often the content of the hernia is free to push in and out but may cause discomfort or make activity difficult.
Hernias are most commonly seen and felt in the groins and at the umbilicus (belly button) but may be felt in other areas.
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