Types of Hernias Our Detroit Specialists Treat
How Does a Hernia Occur?
The abdominal wall (belly muscle) is very important in the normal functioning of the human body. We rely on a strong abdominal wall to do everything from simply bending over to pick up a sock to heavy manual labor. Although we do not think about it, we hold our breath slightly when we open a door, pick up a drink, or go to the bathroom. We sometimes think about it a lot and intentionally hold our breath while we are straining hard to pick up something very heavy or perhaps when we are constipated. When your belly muscles are working well, these activities can be done without thinking about it and without pain.
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The abdominal wall muscles form a complete circle around the middle of the body. They start from the back and are attached to the lower ribs on the top and to the pelvic bones on the bottom. The muscles meet together in the middle at the belly button (between the “six-pack” muscles). The abdominal wall muscles obviously help us to do things like exercise and work, but they also perform another very important function, they keep our intestines safely inside and protected from the outside world.
Unfortunately, there are some design defects in the abdominal wall system that lead to the most common types of hernias: