Types of Hernia
The most common type of hernia to develop in adults. They occur in a part of the abdominal wall known as the inguinal canal, and are much more common in men. Men develop Inguinal Hernias and women tend to develop Femoral Hernias. Men develop hernias 9:1 to women. A man’s testicles must descend through this area before birth. This leaves a natural defect called the internal inguinal ring that can develop into a hernia if it doesn’t seal properly. As a result, the contents of the abdomen, such as intestine, may protrude through the opening creating pain and/or a bulge. Inguinal hernias are located in the lower abdomen just above the leg crease, near or adjacent to the pubic area. They can sometimes occur on both sides of the pubic area, and this is called “bilateral” inguinal hernias. All types of hernias develop a lower chance of recurrence when done with a Non-Tension Technique.
Incisional, Ventral and Recurrent Hernias
These hernias can appear at the site of a previous surgery weeks, months, or even years later, and can vary in size from small to very large and complex. Studies have shown that 30% of all abdominal incisions later develop hernias. A recurrent hernia may develop after an initial repair with using a Tension technique in which a mesh is sewn directly into the hernia hole under tension. If you think you have an incisional hernia, it’s important to see your doctor. Unattended, they may widen and become extremely difficult to repair. Also called ventral hernia. All types of hernias develop a lower chance of recurrence when done with a Non-Tension Technique.
This type of hernia results from a defect in the midline abdomen between the lower end of the anterior chest wall and the umbilicus.
Occur near the bellybutton or navel, which has a natural weakness from the blood vessels of the umbilical cord. These hernias may occur in infants at or just after birth, and may resolve at 3 or 4 years of age. However, the area of weakness can persist throughout life, and can occur in men, women and children at any time. In adults, umbilical hernias will not resolve, and may progressively worsen over time. They are sometimes caused by abdominal pressure due to being overweight, excessive coughing, or pregnancy. All types of hernias develop a lower chance of recurrence when done with a Non-Tension Technique.
Much more common in women, but can occur in men. These hernias appear just below your groin crease and are usually the result of pregnancy and childbirth. A weakness in the lower groin allows an intestinal sac to drop into the femoral canal, a space near the femoral vein that carries blood from your leg. These hernias are more prone to develop incarceration or strangulation as an early complication than are inguinal hernias. Therefore, early repair once these hernias are diagnosed is very strongly advised before such complications occur. All types of hernias develop a lower chance of recurrence when done with a Non-Tension Technique.