• Joel Bauer MD
  • Stephen Gorfine MD
  • David Chessin MD
  • Daniel Popowich MD

What Are The Different Types of Hernias?

A hernia occurs when a section of tissue is able to push through a weak spot found in the abdominal wall. Depending on where the hernia is located, there are a number of surgical options that can help treat and heal a hernia. In this blog, we discuss the different types of hernias that can be treated.

Inguinal Hernia

This type of hernia is among the most common type of hernias and make up about 70% of all diagnosed hernias. Inguinal hernias are typically caused by a tear in the lower abdominal wall or in the inguinal canal – the intestines will usually push through the tear, which is when the hernia occurs. The inguinal canal is located in the groin area and this specific type of hernia is more commonly found in men than it is in women.

Femoral Hernia

Femoral hernias are very uncommon – medical experts estimate that for every 20 groin hernias, one will be a femoral hernia and the other 19 are inguinal hernias. Most femoral hernias are found in women and they are typically asymptomatic, unless it leads to obstruction that blocks blood flow to the intestines.

Umbilical Hernia

Infants younger than 6 months old are prone to umbilical hernias. Typically, these types of hernias will subside on their own by the time the child is one year old. An umbilical hernia occurs when an infant’s intestines swell and go through the abdominal wall. Parents will often notice a bump on their child’s stomach, near the belly button – it is most noticeable when the child is crying.

Incisional Hernia

After undergoing a surgical procedure that is focused on the abdominal area, the skin and tissue located in the abdomen is weakened and the intestines will sometimes push through the lining where the incision was made.

If you’re suffering from a hernia, contact a Manhattan hernia surgeon
from Manhattan Surgical Associates by calling (646) 798-4696 today.