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A hernia is a protrusion of an organ or tissue through an abnormal opening in the body. Most hernias occur when a piece of intestine slips through a weakness in the abdominal wall, creating a bulge you can see and feel. Hernias can develop around the naval, in the groin, or any place where you may have had a surgical incision. Some hernias are present at birth. Others develop slowly over a period of months or years. Hernias also can come on quite suddenly.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, approximately 5 million Americans have hernias. Each year approximately 750,000 seek treatment, yet physician experts believe hundreds of thousands choose to suffer in silence, primarily because they fear painful surgery.
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