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Types of Hernias
- INGUINAL – In the groin, the commonest type – about 80%.
- FEMORAL – Below the inguinal – relatively more common in women.
- EPIGASTRIC – In the midline between the navel and breast bone.
- Hypogastric – In the midline below the umbilicus.
- UMBILICAL – At the navel (In babies – may shrivel up and disappear).
- Para-umbilical – Just above the umbilicus.
- INCISIONAL – In the scar of previous surgery.
- ABDOMINOPLASTY (“tummy tuck”) – Abdominoplasties may be performed with an associated hernia.
- RECURRENT – At the site of a previous hernia operation.
- UNUSUAL HERNIA – Lumbar, Spigelian.
- HIATUS HERNIAS – Through a gap in the diaphragm. The weakness allows acid to reflux into the gullet causing symptoms. Surgery is not usually required.