A hernia occurs when there is a defect or weakness, typically in the abdominal wall, through which tissue can protrude. Hernias most commonly occur at the navel (belly button) and groin areas. They can be present at birth or develop over time. The groups with the highest risk of hernias include men, pregnant women, and those who are involved with heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling through exercise or at work. While most hernias are not immediately life threatening, they don’t resolve on their own and surgery is needed to repair the defect to prevent potentially serious complications.
The most common symptom of a hernia is a bulge or lump in the affected area. You are most likely to find a hernia through physical examination when you’re standing up, bending over, or coughing. Discomfort or pain in the area around the lump is another symptom, but in many cases, hernias have no symptoms at all. That’s why Duly is offering free hernia screening exams through December 30th, 2021. Click here to learn more about scheduling your free hernia screening.