Hernia Law and Legal Definition
A hernia is an abnormal protrusion, usually of part of an organ through a weak point or tear in the thin muscular wall that holds the abdominal organs in place. Hernias can occur in different areas, including:
* Inguinal hernia -- appears as a bulge in the groin
or scrotum. Occurs more often in men than women.
* Femoral hernia -- appears as a bulge in the upper thigh. Occurs more often in women than in men.
* Incisional hernia -- can occur through a scar after abdominal surgery.
* Umbilical hernia -- a bulge around the belly button. Happens if the muscle around the navel doesn't close completely.