Date Published: 11/20/2012

Help for Inguinal Hernias

How to recognize symptoms is the first step in getting help for a hernia

A hernia doesn't occur overnight. The most common kind is actually set in motion right before you're born.


An inguinal hernia is a weak point in the lower abdominal wall. This can be caused when an opening between your abdominal muscles fails to completely close after birth. Sometimes weakness in the abdominal wall itself can cause a hernia. A chronic cough, constipation, excess weight, or heavy lifting can force the soft tissue to push through, resulting in a hernia. Seventy-five percent of all hernias are inguinal, and they are five times more common in men than in women.


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