Hernias are organs or fatty tissue that have pushed through a weak spot in surrounding tissue. Common hernias are hiatal (stomach), inguinal (groin), umbilical (belly button), and incisional (due to an incision). Hernias occur due to increased pressure in a weakened area of the body. Treatments usually include surgery to repair the hernia. Though hernias may not be preventable in some cases, practicing good posture and lifting techniques can help decrease your chances of getting them. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about what causes a hernia, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
The Basics of Hernias
What exactly is a hernia? Get the basics from the experts at WebMD.
Hernia Diagnosis and Treatments
Learn how a hernia is diagnosed and treated from experts at WebMD.
X-Ray Exams of the Digestive Tract
WebMD explains X-ray tests for digestive problems, including upper and lower GI exams.
Symptoms of a Hernia
WebMD explains the symptoms of hernia and when to seek medical care.