What is an Abdominal Wall Hernia?
It is a weakness or tear in the abdominal muscles of the anterior abdominal wall, which
allows the intestines, fatty tissue or an organ to protrude through this defect. The
inner lining of the abdomen (peritoneum) pushes through the weakened area to form a sac.
A loop of intestine or abdominal tissue can then slip into this sac causing pain and
other potentially serious health problems.
What are the types of abdominal wall hernias?
Abdominal wall hernias are broadly classified as Ventral hernias and Groin hernias. The
ventral surface is the front side of the abdominal wall, and all hernias of the
abdominal wall are commonly clubbed together as Ventral
hernias. This does not include inguinal, femoral or obturator hernias,
which all fall in the category of Groin hernias.