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A hernia happens when tissue bulges through a weak area or hole in the abdominal wall. Hernias can develop in the navel (belly button), the abdomen, the groin or scars from a previous abdominal surgery.
Symptoms vary. Some people have no symptoms, others experience discomfort or pain in the abdomen, or visible bulges where the hernia pushes against the weak area of the abdominal wall. Hernias happen at any age. They are more common in men.
To diagnose a hernia, your doctor may ask about symptoms, examine you or order X-rays. If your doctor finds a hernia, and you are experiencing symptoms, you may benefit from surgery. How soon you schedule your surgery may depend on how much pain you are experiencing and the size of your hernia.
Discuss with your doctor anesthesia options, pain management before and after surgery, and current medications. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the procedure. Plan to have an adult driver take you home after the surgery, as you will receive medicine that makes it unsafe to drive.
Risks include bleeding, infection, the hernia coming back, and chronic pain.
The type, size and location of your hernia will determine the extent of your surgery. You may receive: