Hernias can be a painful medical condition that is only repaired by an invasive surgical procedure. But how do these painful conditions occur? They are typically accompanied with sharp pain in the abdominal area as well as an inflamed area where the hernia has occurred. It will look like a bulge under the skin, typically in the lower stomach area.
But not all hernias are the same. Though the development of different types of hernias are all similar, each type has a particular location or reason for its development. In general, a hernia is caused by the protrusion of a section of intestine through a weak area in the muscle surrounding the abdominal cavity. This development can be quite painful and is often the result of a strenuous activity that may have other damaging results as well.
The most common type is called an inguinal hernia. This type typically occurs in men and develops in the groin area. If a bulge has developed in that region, there is a possibility that it is a hernia. Inguinal hernias can also move into the scrotum of a male, resulting in a painful pressure being applied to that region.
Femoral hernias are a type that develop in the upper thigh. This type is most likely to occur in women, though it can develop in men as well. These will result in a large bulge, as well.
Two less common types of hernias are umbilical hernias and incisional hernias. Umbilical hernias occur in children whose umbilical cord was not properly tied. A bulge will be noticeable under the belly button. An incisional hernia forms through an area weakened by previous abdominal surgeries. This type of hernia often results in a second surgical procedure to strengthen that area.