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What is Hernia?

Hernia is the protrusion of abdominal contents through a weakness in the anterior abdominal wall. There are two types of hernia; internally and externally. The external hernia could be located at the inguinal area (common in males) or femoral area (common in females). The inguinal hernia could be indirect due to congenital or acquired due to continuous straining or an increase in intra-abdominal pressure; or direct hernia which usually occurs in older men. It is caused by the same underlying factors as indirect inguinal hernia.


The only treatment for hernia is surgery. It can be done by laparoscopic means and by open method and this only requires day surgery admission.