A hernia is where an internal part of the body pushes through a weakness in the muscle or surrounding cavity wall. A hernia usually develops between the chest and hips, often seen as a lump in the abdomen or groin which can be pushed back in or disappears when lying down. The lump can reappear or get bigger when coughing or straining.
A hernia can usually be diagnosed by a doctor by examination alone. In some cases, an ultrasound scan might be done to assess the extent of the problem and what type of tissue is causing the lump.
Most hernias will not get better without surgery, however they will not necessarily get worse. The need for treatment will be decided based on a number of factors.
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