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A hernia occurs when the muscle wall or tissue becomes weak or tears, allowing internal organs and other body tissues to push through the weakened area. Hernias often cause a visible bulge or swelling. Patients experiencing hernias may feel discomfort, aching or pain and can experience a functional impairment from their hernia. Does this sound like something you should investigate?

Lehigh Valley Health Network specialists are experienced in evaluating, treating, and managing the various number of hernias patients can experience. Get in touch with one of them today!


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Types of Hernias

Some of the more common types of hernias include:

Groin (inguinal) hernia – About 75 percent of all hernias are inguinal, and they are five times more common in men than women.

Esophagus-stomach junction (hiatal) hernia – part of the stomach pushes into the chest, the second-most common hernia.

Upper thigh (femoral) hernia – painful lump in the upper thigh that occurs more with women than men.

Navel (umbilical) hernia – unusual bulge is seen or felt at the belly button.

Abdominal (ventral) – unusual bulge that occurs through an opening in the abdominal muscles.