What is a hernia??

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What is a hernia??

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Jennifer Serafin, N.P. is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner at the Jewish Homes for the Aged in San Francisco.

A hernia is an outpouching of your intestines that bulge through an opening in the abdominal muscles. They often look like a bump or lump under the skin of the abdomen. They are generally not a problem, unless they can become painful, which can occur if stool or gas gets stuck in the bulging loop. If this happens, they may need to be repaired surgically.

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Jaclyn789 answered...

Hernia can be caused by different problems like straining on the toilet, straining to urinate, heavy weight lifting, overweight, poor nutrition and enlarged prostate. Most of the hernias are swelling but painless. Hernias give discomfort . The main symptoms are nausea, vomiting and pain. There are different types of hernias ( http://www.shouldice.com/types-of-hernia.aspx ). The two types of surgical inventions are there, Open surgery and Laparoscopic surgery ( keyhole surgery). Recovery process are very soon.