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If you have an abdominal hernia, you may notice a lump or swelling somewhere in your tummy or groin. Sometimes you just have a feeling of fullness in the area. It may ache or feel uncomfortable. See our Symptoms section for more information.
Sometimes you may be born with an abdominal hernia. But in adults, they’re usually caused by strain or pressure in your tummy. This can be due to persistent coughing, straining on the toilet, lifting heavy objects and being overweight or pregnant. Read more in our Causes section.
The only way to permanently repair a hernia is to have surgery. This can be with open surgery or keyhole surgery. Not all hernias need to be repaired though. Your doctor will talk you through the options. Read our Treatment section to find out more.
Some hernias don’t need to be treated straightaway. But with other hernias, delaying treatment may increase the risk of dangerous complications. You should discuss the pros and cons of having surgery with your doctor. Find out more in our Treatment and Complications sections.
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