Ask an expert about hernias 

A hernia occurs when an internal part of the body pushes through a weakness in the muscle or surrounding tissue wall.

A hernia usually develops between 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.

Our expert was consultant upper GI surgeon Mr Khaled Dawas. He is a senior member of the upper GI surgery team with much experience in both cancer and benign surgery (such as surgery for hernias). Mr Dawas was here to answer questions about hernias, from symptoms to diagnosis and treatment.

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