Hernias occur when a weak abdominal wall allows a piece of the intestine or other tissue to slip through, often creating a noticeable lump. They either develop slowly over months or years or develop very suddenly.

Often, hernias occur after overexertion, such as lifting heavy objects or playing sports, but they also can develop after a simple cough or sneeze. Some areas of the body, such as the groin, are prone to hernias because they are naturally weak.

Hernias often are named by where they are located. Learn more about the Hernia conditions our doctors treat.