We talk about abdominal hernia
when a part of an organ held within the peritoneum
of the abdomen
comes out of this protective sack. In most cases, this concerns a part of the intestines. An abdominal hernia can be caused by severe weight loss or repeated pregnancies, which weaken the peritoneal membrane. This type of hernia is characterized by pain
triggered by walking or exercising, and can be palpated through the skin. Repeated activity, persistent cough, or problems affecting bowel movement can all aggravate an abdominal hernia. It is treated by surgery.