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Hernia Symptoms

Hernia symptoms can vary depending on the type of hernia. The symptoms can be different for men and women. For most types of hernias, you can see or feel a bulge.

Testing and Diagnosis

From physical exams to advanced imaging tests, we offer comprehensive hernia diagnostic options. Learn more about hernia testing and diagnosis.


Washington University hernia surgeons offer surgical expertise in all forms of hernia repair. Types of hernia repair surgery include open, laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Learn more about your options.

Types of Hernia

We provide comprehensive care for all types of hernias. Inguinal hernias and incisional hernias in the abdominal wall or groin are most common.

What Causes a Hernia?

A hernia is caused by weakening or straining muscles. Certain factors can cause muscles to become strained or weakened. These include age, chronic coughing, congenital defects, injury and previous surgeries.

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