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A hernia is when an internal part of the body—most usually from the groin or abdomen—meets a weak spot in your tissues and muscles and pushes through due to the natural pressure inside your body.

It’s most commonly seen anywhere between the chest and hips, and appears as a small lump or swelling. Although hernias can be tender, sometimes painful, they will sometimes go back inside the body if they are pushed, or if the pressure against them changes — such as when you lie down.

They don’t always cause many symptoms, and can be caused by many different factors, such as age, tears and incisions in your muscles after operations, or sports injuries. If you have a hernia, our consultants can help.