So you think you have a hernia?

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So you think you may have a hernia?…


First of all don’t panic, Hernias are a common problem, indeed in many cases hernias cause very few (and sometimes no) symptoms.

A tell-tale sign of a hernia is a swelling or lump in your tummy (abdomen) or groin. Often this lump can be pushed back in, or you may notice that it disappears when you lie down. However it may pop back out again if you cough, sneeze or strain yourself in some way (through excessive exercise and sport or lifting a heavy object).

Don’t be alarmed! But it’s worth getting it properly diagnosed because it can get worse and become strangulated which then requires urgent surgery.


Why do Hernias occur?


Hernias occurs when an internal part of the body (effectively your gut!) pushes through a weakness in your muscle or tissue wall usually down by your groin or tummy button area. It appears as a swelling or lump in your groin or tummy area.


There are several types of hernia most of which can be treated through key hole surgery as a day case at the Baddow Hospital in Essex by our expert team of specialist hernia consultant surgeons. The main types of hernias are:

Inguinal Hernia

Epigastric Hernia 

Umbilical Hernia 

Incisional Hernia 

Femoral Hernia 

Sportsman’s Hernia 


Click these types of hernia to find out more.



If you would like to know more about our Essex Hernia group staff, treatments and facilities visit or contact one of our helpful team on 01245 474070 or to book an appointment.