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What is a hernia?

A hernia occurs when an internal organ or other body part pushes through an opening in the muscle or tissue that normally holds it in place, such as the intestines may break through a weakened area in the abdominal wall.

Most hernias occur within the abdominal cavity between the chest and the hips.

Hernias can also appear in the upper thigh, belly button, and groin areas of the body. Even though most hernias are not immediately life threatening, hernias will not heal itself and will eventually require surgery to fix the area. An untreated hernia will not go away on its own.

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