A herniaoccurs whenan internalpart of the body pushes through a weakness in the muscle or surrounding tissue wall.

A hernia usuallydevelopsbetween your chest and hips. In many cases, it causes no or very few symptoms, although you may notice a swelling or lump in your tummy (abdomen) or groin.

The lump can often be pushed back in or disappears when you lie down. Coughing or straining may make the lump appear.

This topic covers:

Hernia, femoral

When to seek medical advice

Assessing a hernia

Surgery for a hernia

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 6 Jul 2016